March 6, 2009

AGS spoils Fairview ‘s bid for second in the NSL


AUGRES — AuGres-Sims has had some close calls against the teams ahead of them in the North Star League standings.

In a thrilling Senior Night comeback, the Wolverines finally beat one of those teams, upending Fairview 65-59 in overtime to head into next week's district tournament on a high.

Kyle Gingerich, who tied the game with six seconds left with a free throw, hit all four of his free throws in overtime and Nate Jennings scored four points in the extra period, had a pair of key blocked shots and several clutch rebounds as the Wolverines outscored Fairview 12-6 in the extra frame.

In the Wolverines' earlier meeting with Fairview, they took a late lead only to make key mistakes down the stretch in a 68-62 loss to an Eagles squad that had league title hopes until a two-point loss to unbeaten league champion Hale late in the season.

The Eagles took a 49-44 lead with 2:30 left on Jubal Handrich's layup, and an AGS miss put Fairview in position to win the game. But back-to-back steals by Taylor, who converted his into a score, and Connor Pendred, who fed Alex Lutz for a layup, got AGS back in the game.

Travis Byard gave the Wolverines at 52-51 lead with 22 seconds left, but Handrich again gave the Eagles the lead with a rebound-put-back of a missed free throw.

Gingerich missed a shot over Handrich, but Jennings tipped the rebound back to Gingerich, who was fouled by Handrich -- the 6-5 center's fifth -- on the follow-up with six seconds left. The AGS senior tied the game at 53-53 on the first shot. The second free throw missed, but bounced out of bounds and didn't leave the Eagles enough time for a game-winner in regulation.

The Wolverines and Eagles kept it tight throughout as Fairview led 27-26 at the half and 38-36 after three quarters.

Joe Koslakiewicz led Fairview (13-6, 10-4 NSL) with 24 points, with Handrich adding 18. The loss denied the Eagles a share of a second-place tie in the league with Hillman (11-3).

The Wolverines finished the regular season at 10-10 (7-7 NSL), fourth in the league. Byard had 24 points, Taylor added 12 and Gingerich added 10 points and eight assists.

The Wolverines take on Arenac Eastern in the 7:30 p.m. game at Mio-AuSable on Monday's opening round of the Class D district tournament, while Fairview takes on Mio at 6 p.m.


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