Brett Lane seemed to be in the right places at the right times for Civic Memorial Monday night in the Class 3A Regional at Triad High School.
The 6-3 senior got a key rebound basket with 51 seconds left to play to tie the game with Mascoutah at 49-all. And as the clock ticked down, Lane would hit a jumper from just inside the free throw line to give the Eagles a thrilling 51-49 buzzer-beating victory in opening round play.
“I would have to say that is probably the biggest shot of my career,” said Lane. “That last play wasn’t designed for me. Jaxsen (Heimkamp) was supposed to get a layup, but they came out in a zone and we weren’t ready for that, but we adjusted pretty well.”
For their efforts, Civic Memorial (18-11) will face the state’s No. 1 rated team in the semifinals Tuesday night, Althoff.
“Tomorrow we get the University of Althoff,” quipped Eagles’ coach Doug Carey. “We have no preparation time which is probably good.”
Mascoutah held the ball for the final shot following Lane’s stickback that tied the game. But The Indians would turn the ball over with just under 10 seconds left to play, their 21st turnover of the ball game.
“We had 14 turnovers in the first half and that’s a lot,” said Mascoutah coach Scott Oltmann. “This was a new season for us and we were hoping to squeeze out a win, we’ve had three pretty close games with them this season.”
Lane led all scorers with 17 points. Ethan Mayberry and Dominick Johnson each scored 13 points to pace Mascoutah (7-23), as Blake Weiss added 12.
Jersey 65, Triad 41
Jersey got a career-best 31 points from Zac Ridenhour to get past Triad 65-41 in the second game of the night.
Ridenhour was 11-14 from the field, which included a 6-6 effort from 3-point range, to help the Panthers advance.
“What can you say about Zac,” said Jersey coach Stote Reeder. “Triad likes to pack it in and take away his drive, and tonight they left him open out there and he took advantage. He’s just playing great.”
Triad led 19-13 after hitting a bucket to open the second quarter, but Jersey would use a 15-3 run to close the first half to lead 28-22 at the intermission.
The Panthers led by 15 points in the third quarter before a 3-pointer Brendan Gigg and a basket from Noah Moss cut the gap to 43-33 with 1:25 left to play in the period.
But Jersey closed the third with back-to-back treys from Ryan Herkert and Ridenhour, and then opened the fourth with two straight buckets to quickly push the lead to 20 points.
Drake Kanallakan added 11 points for Jersey, as Moss paced Triad (10-18) with 15 points.
The Panthers (16-14) advance to Wednesday night’s semifinal when they will take on Highland. Jersey has lost to the Bulldogs twice this season, but this time, Ridenhour insists, will be different.
“We have a full roster this time,” he said. “Every time we’ve played them we were a man down, but this time we are going in full strength so I think we can take them.”