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Brennen Shetina has a history of making big shots under pressure during his Coal City basketball career and he could be saving the best for senior year. His long distance basket from the top of the key with three seconds left sent the home crowd into a frenzy, as his three-pointer gave Coal City a 65-63 win over Gardner-South Wilmington in a semifinal at the Coalers’ own tournament.
Shetina finished with a game-high 23 points (9-of-20 shooting) while Coalers teammates Nick Peters and Lane Cowherd added 20 and 12 points respectively. Trevor McDaniel and Tristan Noonan whom each scored 18 points led GSW (0-2).
“Brennen can facilitate when he has to and at the same time he can take over,” Coal City coach Brad Boresi said. “He’s bailed us out before and matured so much over his four years on varsity that it was just another big shot from him.”
GSW led 26-19 at the half despite Noonan picking up his third foul in the first quarter.
Coal City (2-0) quickly stormed back in the second half and a Peters’ basket capped a 10-0 run for a 29-26 Coalers led with 3:47 left in the third quarter.
“This win should definitely be a springboard for us,” Boresi said. “Overall hopefully we can build on it and improve from it.”
A late Noonan basket tied the game at 49-49 where it ended after regulation.
Cowherd’s basket with 1:02 remaining in the first overtime tied the game at 54-54.
Later in the game, Cowherd followed that up with another basket to cut the Panthers lead to 63-62 with thirty-five seconds left. GSW turned the ball over with fifteen seconds to play setting up the last-second drama.
Shetina then dribbled left to the top of the key, rose up and drained the go-ahead three-point basket for the 65-63 lead and victory.
“I’ve been sick since Monday and just was battling through it tonight but I gave everything I had for my team,” Shetina said. “Nick flashed and the defender was late helping over and I rose up and hit it.”
“I felt that both teams left everything out there tonight,” GSW coach Chris Gibson said. “For them their all-conference player made the shot.”
Morris 69, Serena 46
Morris (2-0) built a 40-18 halftime lead and advanced to the championship game. The Redskins had four players score in double figures and were led by Austin Patterson’s game-high 16 points. Teammates Tanner Sampson and Evan Bjelland added 14 and 13 point respectively. Dylan Huss led Serena with 11 points.