March 4, 2011

Reliving a Magicial Moment

Filed under: High School Basketball — Giorgio Varlaro @ 7:19 pm

Supplied via Google Images

UTICA – The quest for perfection is still on. With 35 points from Jared Suderley, 21 coming in the fourth quarter and overtime, the West Canada Valley Indians came from 12 points down in the first half to beat the Immaculate Heart Cavaliers 67-65 at the Utica Auditorium on Friday (3/8/10).

West Canada (21-0) went into Friday’s Section III Class C-2 Final battle tested, beating the #4 seed Onondaga Tigers by two (59-57) in the semifinals.

Coming through for the Indians then was Suderley. Doing it again against the Cavaliers was Suderley.

After being held to eight points in the first half, one of his lowest point totals in the first half of any game this year, Suderley and fellow teammate Paul Atkinson put the team on their back and gave Immaculate Heart (19-2) a fight they hadn’t seen all season.

The Indians started to gain some confidence on their first possession of the second half when Xavier Maxwell hit his only three-point field goal of them game, bringing West Canada within singles digits of the Cavaliers 32-23.

It stayed that way until Immaculate Heart’s Connor Caldwell started breaking down the Indian defense, using his athleticism to score five points in the quarter and build the Cavalier lead to 13 points with 2:35 left in the third quarter.

A Kyle Humphrey three pointer and Suderley field goal gave the Indians a 5-0 run to end the quarter, and brought West Canada within six (45-39), the closest they had come since trailing by 21-15 in the second quarter with 4:23 left in the first half.

The fourth quarter started just like the third quarter for West Canada, with a three-point basket, this time from Atkinson.

Eight seconds into the fourth quarter, Atkinson took a contested shot at the top of the key and was fouled, putting him at the line where he would sink his only foul shots of the game and bring West Canada within three (45-42).

Ending the Indian 8-0 run, which began with Humphrey’s three-pointer, was Caldwell. A fast-break layup quieted the deafening Indian fans in attendance and increased their lead to five (47-42).

Answering right back on the next possession was Atkinson. Hitting his second three-pointer of the game from the right-side of the floor, lifting all the Indian faithful from their chairs, causing Immaculate Heart’s head coach Mike Delaney to call a full timeout with the Indians now within two (47-45).

The timeout, which was used to slow down the Indian attack, only worked for about one minute. The time allowed when a full timeout is called.

After the timeout, the final five minutes of regulation belonged to Suderley. After a defensive stop, West Canada finally had their first chance to tie the game after trailing for a total of 27 minutes.

A down-screen from Matt Butler, who screened from the strong side of the floor to the weak side (where Suderley was), opened Suderley up for a contested shot, which he made, tying the game, and was fouled in the process, putting him on the line with a chance to complete a three-point play and give West Canada their first lead of the game.

The automatic Suderley, who was 4-for-5 at that point from the foul line, made it 5-for-6 and put the Indians up by one with 4:08 left in regulation.

Suderley would go on a score the final eight points for the Indians in regulation, making his final basket of the fourth quarter with 23.8 left, tying the game at 58.

Immaculate Heart ran down the clock for the final possession of the game, and had Caldwell pass on a shot because of excellent defense by West Canada’s Matt Butler, forcing Mark St. Croix to take a contested jumper from the left corner, which rimmed out and forced the game into overtime.

In overtime, it was again the Jared Suderley show. Of the nine points scored in the quarter, Suderley scored eight, and sealed the game at the foul line, just like he did a week before against Onondaga when he went 17-for-19.

A couple of three-pointers early by Suderley kept the Indians ahead of the Cavaliers, eventually forcing them to put the career 87 percent free-throw shooter on the line with time running out.

Suderley ended up going 2-for-4 in overtime, but got a key offensive rebound by Butler and steal by Suderley on Caldwell on both misses, never allowing Immaculate Heart an offensive possession.

The game ended on a Brain Magovney 45-foot three pointer which rimmed out and brought not only the fans of the Indians to their feet, but the players and the coaches as well.

West Canada head coach Steve Porter could be seen after the buzzer fist-pumping after the win and jumping around like he was back in his high school days.

“I love the kids on this team!,” Porter said. “One through twelve, they never quit!”

When asked about Suderley’s performance, Porter responded saying, “he’s the man.”

“It’s been like this the last three years,” Porter said when referring to Suderley. “He’s always been there for us.”

Suderley wasn’t the only player Porter had high praise for after the win.

“Everyone played really well tonight, but my hat goes off to Matt Butler.”  “He was unbelievable. His defense on Caldwell was amazing. He (Butler) was probably the 12th man of the team back in ninth grade. Now he comes into the Sectional Finals as a senior and holds down the fort.”

West Canada had seven players contribute for them against the Cavaliers. Leading the way was Suderley, scoring 35 points, grabbing 26 rebounds and blocking five shots.

After Suderley, Xavier Maxwell had six points, Alex Maxwell had six points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals; Kyle Humphrey had three points; Paul Atkinson had 10 points and four assists; Matt Butler had seven points and Tyler Porter had three points.

“We played like we were on a mission in the second half,” Suderley said. “We had a lot of turnovers in the first half and weren’t playing to our capabilities. We gutted this one out and never quit.”

West Canada, with the win, now moves on to the Regional Finals. The Indians will take on Tully at Chittenango on Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

“If and when we go down,” Porter said. “We’ll go down swinging.”


Leave a Comment »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: