Nothing seemed to faze Corvallis High on Friday night.
Not having to bounce back from its first conference loss three days earlier. Not an early double-digit deficit to second-ranked Silverton after 11 first-quarter turnovers. Not a backs-to-the-wall four-point hole with 14 seconds left in regulation.
The Spartans answered the bell every time, and pulled away from the Foxes in overtime for an 87-81 win to stop Silverton’s 21-game Mid-Willamette Conference boys basketball win streak.
“The guys did a really good job. I don’t think they ever panicked. They didn’t get down,” Corvallis coach Ross Duerfeldt said. “I think that’s the big thing. You cannot panic and get down and continue to build that deficit.”
Jasper Reinalda’s layin in the final second of regulation off an out-of-bound pass from Noah Greenblatt got the Spartans (6-6, 5-1) into the four-minute extra period.
Corvallis got the first six points of overtime — on two Greenblatt free throws, a short Reinalda jumper and a Maxwell Johnson 3-pointer — and never trailed.
“It feels great. I’m really proud of my team and how we played,” Johnson said.
The Spartans took a 62-51 loss at West Albany, but that didn’t seem to affect them Friday.
Johnson’s team-high 26 points, with four 3-pointers, helped Corvallis pull even with Silverton (12-2, 5-1) in the conference standings and handed the Foxes their first defeat of the season against an in-state school.
Silverton’s last conference loss came two seasons ago.
Reinalda added 16 points, Greenblatt 14, Calvin Cahill 10, Isaac Gabriel nine and Sebbie Law eight for the Spartans, who play at Central next Friday.
David Gonzales had 35 points, including six 3-pointers, for the Foxes.
“It definitely gives us momentum in our upcoming season. Just focus on one game at a time,” Johnson said.
Duerfeldt said he saw the potential he knows his team has.
“They showed a lot, and I think they showed themselves a lot,” the coach said. “We’ve seen it in practice. We as coaches have talked about it a lot. We understand what they’re capable of. The guys on the court tonight, no matter for how long, did what they’re supposed to do.”
Corvallis started digging out of a 10-point deficit after one quarter but didn’t get very far in the second, still trailing by nine at halftime after closing within seven.
The Spartans got a little closer in the third period, getting within four and trailing by six heading to the fourth.
Corvallis started the final period of regulation quickly on a Reinalda basket and a Johnson 3-pointer. Another Johnson 3 and two foul shots by the senior guard soon after gave the Spartans their first lead of the game at 53-51 with 6:14 left.
The home team went on another run after Silverton coach Jamie McCarty was tossed when whistled for his second technical foul of the game with 5:32 remaining.
Johnson made two free throws on the technical. The Spartans got defensive stops on consecutive possessions and produced a Calvin Cahill 3-pointer and a Greenblatt layin on the other end to go ahead by four.
Silverton rallied to go ahead by five at 67-62 on Grant Dunn’s offensive rebound and basket with 1:24 left. The Foxes led by four again on Josiah Roth’s two free throws with 14 seconds remaining.
Isaac Gabriel raced down the floor and scored with six seconds left.
Roth was fouled but missed both shots in the double bonus. Corvallis rebounded, and a pass upcourt was tipped out of bounds near midcourt with one second remaining.
Greenblatt lobbed the ball high for the 7-foot-3 Reinalda, who caught the ball at the basket and dropped it in just before the horn sounded.
Duerfeldt said the play was not by design. With only a tick to work with, he told his team to look for the best possible shot.
“Jasper sealed (the defender) and called for the ball. He’s got a pretty big, booming voice and showed his big ol’ paw,” the coach said. “Noah threw it right to where only Jasper could catch it and Jasper did a great job of getting it off.”
Johnson had 11 points in the fourth quarter. That included a trio of 3-pointers, one from the corner that Duerfeldt didn’t want him to take but he made anyway.
“The thing about Maxwell is he doesn’t think sometimes, he just plays, and you’ve got to like that,” Duerfeldt said. “There’s times when that’s a huge benefit and there’s times when that can bite you in the butt. But the last two games, he’s played out of his mind and done what the team needed him to do.”