2012-01-18 / Sports

Pirates fight off O-G for OT win

Sports Editor

PECK - On a team that’s previous varsity experience is limited mainly to two senior twins, Tin and James Logghe, a first-year senior may have been the biggest difference in the Peck Pirates’ dramatic overtime win against Owen-Gage on Thursday night.

Dylan Fairman, a lanky 6’9” center in Dylan Fairman his first year of varsity ball, came off the bench to score 16 points, grab eight boards and block, at least, three shots in the thrilling, 55-54, NCTL crossover victory against the Bulldogs.

“This was the best game he has played all year,” praised Peck coach Jeremy Abrego. “And, he did it on both ends of the floor.

“(Owen-Gage) was playing behind him on offense, so once we got it inside to Dylan, he just turned around and shot over them,” Abrego pointed out. “Defensively, he did get a couple of fouls by jumping into someone, but when he stays down, he can block shots without even leaving the floor.”

Although Fairman was not on the court at all in the OT, his contributions with both Logghe’s on the bench with foul trouble helped counter a torrid 34- point scoring night by the Bulldogs’ Brett Stockton.

Fairman scored a late bucket inside to put the Pirates up 12-8 in the first quarter. In the second period, with both Logghes on the bench with two fouls, he knocked down four points and junior Andrew Pathic, also off the bench, added five to help Peck build a 22-16 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Stockton, a senior transfer from Akron-Fairgrove, began to light it up from the outside, nailing three of his six triples on the night. Meanwhile, Tim Logghe went to the bench at 5:5 mark with his third foul and James followed less than two minutes later.

Fairman, in the final 2:30 of the quarter, hit a pair of buckets to put Peck up by three, 31-28, before Stockton’s triple sent the game into the fourth quarter all even at 31.

After another Stockton trey and four straight free throws by sophomore Ben Good put O-G ahead, 38- 33, Fairman laid in two more buckets over Bulldog defenders to cut the deficit to one.

James Logghe drove baseline on a reverse layup for a brief, 39-38, edge and then Fairman went on to block three O-G shots around the basket to help keep his team in the game.

Still O-G pushed back in front by five, 46-41, after Stockton’s fifth triple and two free throws from Mike Mandich.

Fairman made it a three-point game with his 12-foot jumper from the right side with :32 seconds left. On the inbounds pass, Tim Logghe deflected it and then saved it from going out of play with a leaping flip back to a teammate. Seconds later, he drained a triple to the game at 46.

After Stockton’s late shot, which appeared to draw contact from a Peck defender, missed the mark, Bulldog coach Steve Hollocker was given a technical foul. However, the Pirates, awarded free throws for the technical, missed both tries and the game went to OT.

Stockton immediately hit a triple to put the Bulldogs back up. Peck, countered, though, with a three-point play from Tim Logghe, a bucket by sophomore Tristan Haener and a free throw from James Logghe for a 52-49 advantage.

O-G reclaimed the lead, 54-53, after Stockton converted a turnover into a lay-up with :42 left.

A free throw by freshman Kyle Abrego tied it at :34.1 seconds and Tim Logghe sank what proved to the game-winning free throw with :15.9 left.

The Bulldogs were looking for a game-winner with time running down. Stockton drove down the left baseline but couldn’t get a shot off. He flipped the ball out to teammate Hunter Champagne, who, in a crowd, with some apparent contact, missed an off-balanced shot at the buzzer.

Abrego said he expects to take a few more deep breaths this season.

“I think most of our games, no matter who we play, will be within five or six points. It’s just the way it is with our young team,” he remarked. “But, I thought we held our composure very well in the fourth quarter and the overtime.”

He went on to add, “Really, I thought we played a pretty good first half, but I was not happy with our defense in the second half. The guys guarding Stockman were watching the ball more than his hips to see where he was going, and he got loose.”

Along with Fairman’s big effort off the bench, Tim Logghe finished with 16 points and James Logghe added seven.

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