Constantine claimed two intense varsity basketball games Thursday evening against Delton Kellogg with a 55-47 boys win after double overtime and a 52-47 girls victory. Both games were tight like last month’s contests up at DK, but this time the Falcons were able to secure the wins and a season split with their SAC Valley foe.
In the boys game, Constantine didn’t lead until the final 24 seconds of regulation. However, they never allowed the Panther lead to grow greater than eight points. The Falcons were within a bucket much of the game, but couldn’t even things up until it was 34-34 with 2:30 remaining in the fourth.
After trading buckets, a loose ball foul sent Hunter Bacheller to the free throw line for the double bonus with 24 seconds left. He made the first shot to give Constantine their first lead, but missed the second with a DK rebound. Bacheller then stole the ball back and split another free throw pair for a 38-36 score with 11.9 remaining.
Delton Kellogg got the rebound again but turned the ball over, forced to foul Davonte Conley with 5.5 seconds to spare. He also split the pair, leaving the door open following a DK timeout.
Panther forward Dawson Grizzle would throw up a prayer from just in front of the midcourt line and sink it at the buzzer, sending the game to OT at 39-39. Both teams scored four points in the first overtime. The Falcons had the final possession with a chance to win, but couldn’t convert.
However, they would convert plenty in the second overtime. Constantine had a 9-0 run in under three minutes with precision passing and smart defense. A bucket-and-foul by Caleb Wisel would be the final dagger.
Trey Salisbury topped the Falcon offense with 17 points, including six in the OT periods. Grizzle’s 20 points for DK led all players.
The win moves the Constantine boys to 6-9 overall and fourth in the SAC Valley standings at 4-5. The Falcons stay at home for their next contest Tuesday with Comstock.
Delton Kellogg drops to 7-8 overall and 4-6 in division play. They’re off until they host Lawton on Friday, February 21.
Trey Salisbury 17 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist
Davonte Conley 14 points, 1 assist
Hunter Bacheller 13 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds
Caleb Wisel 6 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound
Corey King 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block
Aaron Myers 2 points, 1 rebound
Logyn Miller 1 point, 1 assist
Free Throws: 14-21
Three Pointers: 1
Delton Kellogg statistics
Dawson Grizzle 20 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist
Blake Thomas 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Thomas Sheldon 7 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds
Payton Smoczynski 5 points, 3 rebounds
Richard Hill 4 points
Jordan Rench 2 points, 3 assists, 6 rebounds
Jacob Kemp 2 points
Free Throws: 9-12
Three Pointers: 2
The girls game was one of swings in the first half. The Panthers had the first two points, but the Falcons scored the next eight. DK closed the first quarter on a 5-0 run, then started the second on a 10-2 tear for an eventual seven-point lead midway through the second. Constantine closed the half 11-4 to take a 23-21 lead into intermission.
The third quarter was all Falcons, as they won it 15-4 to grow their lead to its apex at 13 points. The Panthers clawed back to within four points in the final minute, but couldn’t overcome the double-digit deficit to start the fourth.
Regan Whitaker led the Constantine offense from the bench with 14 points. Freshman Haylie Wilson scored 12, Leah Dumm had 11 with numerous defensive stops, and Hannah Outlaw scored nine. DK’s best were Erin Kapteyn with 14 points and Mary Whitmore with 12.
Thursday’s win was the first for the Falcon girls over Delton Kellogg since December 13, 2016. Constantine improves to 5-10 overall and 3-6 in SAC Valley play with a trip to Comstock Tuesday.
Delton Kellogg falls to 8-9 and 4-6 in division play. The Panthers are off until a week from Friday when they host Lawton.
Regan Whitaker 14 points
Haylie Wilson 12 points
Leah Dumm 11 points
Hannah Outlaw 9 points
Charlee Balcom 3 points
Laci Lutz 2 points
Madellyn Cullifer 1 point
Free Throws: 20-31
Three Pointers: 0
Delton Kellogg statistics
Erin Kapteyn 14 points
Mary Whitmore 12 points
Abbie Bever 9 points
Holly McManus 6 points
Katie Tobias 4 points
Eva Fernandez Villalobos 2 points
Free Throws: 13-16
Three Pointers: 2