Losing twice within an 18-hour period wouldn't totally wipe out the good work McCallie did last week in sweeping to the Best of Preps championship. But that's one math formula coach Dan Wadley wasn't took keen on calculating.
“We were flat Friday,” Wadley acknowledged Friday's setback to Father Ryan after Saturday's 66-63, double-overtime win over Westminster Academy. “But we put four players in double figures tonight, and that was huge.
But While while the Blue Tornado was in the process of falling 10 points behind the visiting Georgians, it putting anyone in double figures Saturday seemed a long shot. Over the majority of the first half, Jamaal Calvin, who'd posted 55 points over his last two games, was firing blanks and McCallie was leaking oil as it trailed by a 22-12 score.
The pulse was restored – not by Calvin – but by two of the key members of the supporting cast. Jorden Williams and Eric Wolf connected on back-to-back 3-pointers as the second quarter wound down inside of two minutes, and Wolf's conversion left the halftime deficit at just three.
But the the Wildcats didn't win eight games by being passive, so Westminster spent much of the third period attacking the rim and built the lead up even more. It was a 41-27 game going into the final minute of the period when Calvin hit back-to-back bombs to announce his arrival on the firing line.
It took missed free throws – seven straight by the visitors – to bring McCallie all the way back. Eric Wolf's second 3-point of the game tied it at 47 with 2:47 to play after he whittled it down one at a time by converting nine of 10 fouls shots in the second half.
“Jamaal was trying hard to get everyone else involved,” Wadley said. “Wolf had a huge game. He's one of our seniors and he stepped up when we really needed it.”
Williams was the last player to score in regulation, his running jumper from the foul line tying things at 49. Both sides missed chances to win in regular. The first overtime featured a lot of clock watching, and an contested layup by by Calvin when Westminster left the back door open. But the air escaped that balloon moments later then the visitors' Harrison Butker scored from directly in front of the rim.
Overtime No. 2 was much more wide open and found Williams hitting back-to-back 3s when the defense was looking at Calvin. A pair of Calvin free throws set the final margin for the weary Blue, who improve to 7-5 with the end of a grueling two weeks.
“We get one day off,” Wadley said. “We get Monday off, and then there's East Hamilton.”
Westminster 14 9 18 8 4 10 -- 63
McCallie `7 13 13 16 4 13 – 66
WESTMINSTER (63) – Marq Strozier 10, Sam Holmes 11, Jackson Heazel 11, Harrison Butker 17, Genson 9, Joe Bridges 13, Howell 2, Devereaux, Chapman.
McCALLIE (66) – Fritz 1 , Jorden Williams 17, Moxley, Nick Jacobs 12, Alford, Jamaal Calvin 19, Clark 2, Hobbs, Eric Wolf 15, Couch.
3-point scoring: Westminster 4 (Holmes 3, Butker); McCallie 12 (Williams 5, Calvin 5, Wolf 2). Records: Westminster 8-5; McCallie 7-5.