MORRIS — For three quarters Monday night against Sandwich in the opening game of the Class 3A Morris Regional, the Morris boys basketball team did exactly what it wanted to do. The Redskins were careful with the ball, patient on offense and stingy on defense.
That translated to a 30-26 Morris lead entering the fourth quarter, but Sandwich's Jimmy Braddish turned things up and scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and two overtime periods to lead the Indians to a 58-54 double-overtime victory over the Redskins, who were playing without leading scorer and rebounder Tyler Spiezio.
"For three quarters, we did a real good job on Braddish," Morris coach Joe Blumberg said. "Then we got into foul trouble and had to change things and he got going.
"We had a chance to win it at the end of regulation and the end of the first overtime. We couldn't have asked for more than that."
With Morris (6-22) leading 41-40 in the final minute of regulation, the Redskins' Ryan Lain tipped in a missed shot to put his team ahead, 43-40, with 32 seconds to play. Braddish, though, followed with a three-pointer from beyond NBA range to tie it with 20 seconds to go.
Morris called timeout to set up its final play with 15.7 seconds left and got an open shot from Jack Walker in the corner. The shot missed and Jacob Overbeck got the offensive rebound, but could not get off a shot before the buzzer. Overbeck finished with 12 points, while Walker had 10 to go with Payton Voitik's team-high 19.
Voitik and Overbeck each made a pair of free throws to start the first overtime, putting Morris ahead 47-43 with 1:53 to play. Braddish, who had a game-high 29 points, made a pair of free throws, then got a steal and a layup to tie the game at 47 with 1:20 to play. Chatten Dryfhout then scored off a feed from Overbeck to give Morris a 49-47 lead with 44 seconds left, but Braddish scored on a jumper with 25 seconds to go to tie the game.
Morris again had the final possession and had an open look under the basket, but the shot missed and the game went into the second overtime.
Neither team scored in the first half of the second overtime until Walker made a free throw to give Morris a 50-49 lead with 2:14 to play. Sandwich's Jimmy Roop then made the first of two free throws with 1:46, but missed the second. Sandwich's Bryan Leon got the offensive rebound, and Braddish eventually was fouled and made both free throws for a 52-50 lead, which the Indians never relinquished. Roop made 3 of 4 free throws in the final 8.5 seconds to seal the win.
"We would have liked to have given our seniors - Payton Voitik, Kameron Dransfeldt, and Kyle Litchfield - a chance to battle the No. 1 seed on our own floor," Blumberg said. "The kids played hard, and we rebounded well. You have to give credit to Braddish. He made the big shots when he needed to.
"Payton Voitik really stepped up in Tyler's absence and hit some big shots for us. Kameron Dransfeldt did a great job on defense. Both of those guys never left the floor. Neither did Chatten Dryfhout and he was on Braddish all night."
Blumberg also noted that the Redskins saw the floor well, as evidenced by the team having 13 assists on its 16 baskets.