For the second time this season, the 3rd-ranked Ankeny Hawks needed an extra period to defeat the Johnston Dragons. Cole Myers scored eight of his 15 points in overtime as Ankeny ended Johnston’s five-game winning streak with a 62-54 win Friday night at the Ankeny gym. Sophomore Ted Friedman added 18 points, including the play of the night.
Myers nailed two free throws one minute into the extra session before hitting a pull-up three-pointer from the left wing to give the Hawks (11-1 overall, 5-1 Central Conference) a 55-50 lead with 2:50 remaining in the game. Johnston’s Corey Schaefer, who led all scorers with 26 points, sank two free throws on the ensuing possession to cut the Ankeny lead to three. That set the stage for Friedman.
With under two minutes to go, Ankeny’s Trevor Egli drove to the basket and seemed to be falling out of bounds. As Egli turned back towards the basket, he hit a wide open Friedman cutting down the lane. Friedman slammed the ball though the hoop, sending over 1,500 Ankeny fans into a frenzy.
Myers clinched the win with 15.8 seconds left after stealing the ball from Schaefer, who then fouled out of the game while putting Myers on the line for two free throws. Myers sank them both to improve to 24/25 from the foul line on the season.
Grant Lang added 12 points for Ankeny, who remained in first place in the CIML Central Conference. Johnston’s Andrew Vander Zwaag came into the contest averaging 16 points per game, but battled foul trouble all night. Vander Zwaag finished with a season-low three points on just one-for-nine shooting. Freshman Jay Knuth scored 10 points as the Dragons fell to 10-4 overall, 4-3 in the Central Conference.
With Southeast Polk’s win over Urbandale, the Hawks now have a two-game lead in the loss column with only four conference games remaining. Ankeny returns to action Monday night with a make-up game at Southeast Polk, then travels to Des Moines Lincoln Tuesday night. Both games tip-off at 7:45 PM. Johnston’s next game is Tuesday night at Ottumwa.
- Although the game was tied seven different times in the second half, Johnston never led after their 5-3 lead early in the first quarter.
- Schaefer scored the first nine points of the game, and then the first 10 points of the third quarter.
- Johnston was without starting forward Luke Jorgensen, who was out with the flu.
- Lang went 0-for-5 from the free throw line, including 0-for-4 in the fourth quarter. He had only missed five total free throws all season in 24 attempts coming into the game.
CIML Central Conference Standings
Southeast Polk, 3-3