Collinsville had Granite City on the ropes in the second overtime Monday, but junior Jake Roustio and senior Tra’ron Allen came to the rescue.
Roustio hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and Allen had a putback in the final 42 seconds of the second overtime as the seventh-seeded Warriors defeated ninth-seeded Collinsville 58-53 in the opening round of the Class 4A Alton Regional.
“It’s my senior year and I don’t want to stop playing basketball,” said the 6-foot-5 Allen, who led all scorers with 22 points and was 8-for-9 from the free-throw line.
Granite City (14-14), which defeated Collinsville (9-20) for the third time in four games this season, will play second-seeded Quincy in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Kahoks closed the season with eight consecutive losses and dropped 11 of their last 12.
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“It’s going to be tough because they can get prepared for us a little better than we can get prepared for then,” Warriors coach Steve Roustio said of the Blue Devils. “Thank God we have a tape on them. We also saw them play at the Collinsville Tournament, so we know No. 31 (Jacob Jobe) can shoot, 40 (Parker Bland) can shoot, 5 (Mike Dade) can shoot.
“They’re 11th in the state and are 20-5. Maybe in the underdog role, we can just relax a little bit more. This has got to give them confidence.”
After Collinsville senior Tommy Maden scored on a layup on an out-of-bounds play to put Collinsville ahead 53-52 with 1:01 to play in the second OT, Jake Roustio hit a long 3-pointer from the top of the key to put the Warriors ahead for good at 55-53 with 42 seconds left.
Collinsville junior Chandler Boehne then missed a shot in the lane that Allen rebounded. Senior Allen Berry was fouled, but he missed the front end of a one-and-one. No worries for the Warriors, however, as Allen was there to clean it up and score on the putback with 15 seconds on the clock.
After a Kahoks turnover, Allen added a free throw with 3.4 seconds to play.
“Jake had a big 3 at the end of the game. I don’t think we win unless he hits that. I really don’t,” Steve Roustio said of his son. “It gave us a two-point lead, and it was different. If they go down with the ball and it’s tied or if they go down and they’re down one, they don’t have to look for a 3. Not that they need to look for a 3, but a two-point lead (was big).
“After Jake hit that 3, they looked a little confused for a second.”
Collinsville was 10-for-26 on 3-pointers and limited Berry to 13 points. But the Kahoks damaged their chances for victory by going 1-for-6 from the free-throw line.
“We had a one-point lead and Jake hit a deep shot,” Collinsville coach Darin Lee said. “At that point, with Zach (Flora) out, we didn’t think we could handle Tra inside, so we made them take a shot from deep. If (Roustio) misses that one, maybe we get the rebound and it’s a different story.”
“I was proud of the way we competed. We thought we had a chance to win and came up a little short.”
Jake Roustio finished with 11 points to give Granite City three players in double figures. Buehne led Collinsville with 15 points and three 3-pointers, while seniors Flora and Tommy Maden each scored 10 points. Sophomore Braeden Lemp had eight points.
The Kahoks played without junior guard Ronnie Midgett, their leading scorer. Midgett was suspended for the game because of disciplinary reasons.
“They’re much harder to guard without Midgett in there because they move the ball more - way more,” Allen said.
Granite City was 5-for-21 on 3-pointers but 9-for-14 from the foul line. Neither team struggled with turnovers, as Collinsville had just 10 and the Warriors had six.
The game was tied at 25 at halftime and knotted at 45 after four quarters. Both teams scored two points in the first overtime, sending the game into the second OT tied at 47.