Steubenville’s comeback attempt falls short in double overtime

FLYING HIGH — Steubenville’s Abe Zane attempts a layup against New Philadelphia in a Div. IV sectional final on Saturday. (Photo by Andrew Grimm)

NEW PHILADELPHIA — The Steubenville boys basketball team’s season came to a heartbreaking end inside New Philadelphia’s Quaker Dome on Saturday with a 79-75 double overtime loss in the Division II East 1 District sectional championship.

“It’s a heartbreaker,” Steubenville coach Mike Haney said. “We ask them to give everything they’ve got, and they gave everything they had. There’s nothing to hang their heads about. It just didn’t turn out the way we wanted. It’s very heartbreaking, but that is basketball.”

It was the second meeting this season, and the Quakers won both by a combined five points.

Big Red (14-10) led by one at the half at 29-28 but trailed by eight by the time the fourth quarter started.

Right before the half, senior DaJuan Jones left the game with a lower leg injury and did not return. He finished with seven points.

Steubenville trailed by 10 twice in the fourth but rallied back late, forcing the first extra period with a James Roundtree (team-high 21 points) basket that knotted the score at 56-56 with 5.1 seconds to go.

“They battled back,” Haney said. “They’re a resilient group and they compete. Everybody kept battling.”

After an early Steubenville lead in the first overtime, it looked as though New Philadelphia might win late. Ryan Rauch, though, came through with his only basket of the game at the horn to knot it back up at 67-67 and force a second overtime.

Da’Von Smith fouled out in the first overtime, while Roundtree and senior Javon Davis (four 3-pointers, 13 points) both picked up their fifth in the second.

Big Red got the ball twice in the final minute, trailing by two. They turned the ball both times without getting a shot off, and a late foul and subsequent free throws sealed the defeat.

“We had some crucial turnovers at the end,” Haney said. “That hurts a little bit.”

Haney says goodbye to four impactful seniors in Davis, Jones, Smith and Abe Zane.

New Philadelphia’s Nate Voll had a game-high 30 points.

The Quakers face Indian Valley at Claymont High School on Wednesday in a district semifinal.

New Philadelphia 79,

Steubenville 75 (2OT)

Steubenville 12-17-8-19-11-8 — 75

New Philadelphia 9-19-17-11-11-12 — 75

STEUBENVILLE (14-10): D. Jones 2 3-6 7; Davis 4 1-2 13; Biasi 0 0-0 0; J. Jones 4 0-0 8; Zane 1 0-0 2; Zimmerman 6 3-6 15; Smith 1 2-2 5; Bracone 0 0-0 0; Bickerstaff 1 0-2 2; Rauch 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 29, 12-26, 75.

NEW PHILADELPHIA (15-8): Begue 4 3-4 15; Voll 8 14-20 30; May 4 4-7 13; Zemis 1 1-2 4; Walker 1 3-4 5; Boose 3 2-2 8; Joseph 2 0-2 4. TOTALS: 23, 27-41, 79.

3-POINT GOALS: Steubenville 5 (Davis 4, Smith); New Philadelphia 6 (Begue 4, May, Zemis).