Written by Don DiFrancesco
All photos via Opique Photo
Villa Angela-Saint Joseph met its toughest test of the postseason yet on Monday, March 6, when the top-seeded Vikings held off the Beachwood Bison, 63-58, in an overtime thriller to advance to the Division III Garfield Heights District Final.
VASJ led nearly the entire game, but a putback by 6’4″ sophomore Jayson Woodrich tied the game at 55 with 14 seconds to play leading to overtime.
The Vikings started the game in clear control, leading, 28-21, at halftime, but the Bison hung around and started to chip into VASJ’s lead – slowly, but surely.
The Bison received a big boost in the 3rd quarter from senior guard David Somogyi. He knocked down three consecutive 3-point baskets, as Beachwood got to within four points heading to the fourth quarter.
But VASJ had an answer, as William Butler was a one-man wrecking crew off the bench for the Vikings.
With 2:34 to play, Beachwood’s senior guard Ben Sternberg sank a 3-pointer to make the score 53-50 in favor of VASJ.
From there it was a race to the finish.