|HANNON STEPS UP IN OVERTIME TO LEAD BRADFORD PAST ERIE STRONG VINCENT|
|March 5, 2004 - PIAA Class A Boys' First Round at Pitt-Bradford|
BRADFORD – In what Dick Vitale would call a "white knuckler" in every sense the Bradford Owls dug
down deep and pulled out a 70-62 overtime win over the Erie Strong Vincent Colonels before a packed partisan Owls
crowd at the McDowell Fitness and Sports Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Friday
night in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA Boys’ Basketball Playoffs.
The Owls outscored the Colonels 12-4 in the overtime to pull out the win.
Jon Hannon scored six of his game-high 16 points for the Owls in the overtime including a perfect 4 of 4 clutch free throws.
"We probably should have won the game in regulation," Bradford head coach Dave Fuhrman said. "We missed some free throws and had a crucial turnover with 12 seconds remaining and us nursing a 2-point lead."
Ramon Richmond's basket with two seconds to go in regulation after the Owls turnover sent the game into overtime for Strong Vincent.
Bradford then played the entire overtime period without its leading scorer, Shawn Manning, who fouled out with 30 seconds left in regulation.
But Hannon picked up the slack in the extra frame, and he was helped by some other key contributions from the bench to help the Owls pull out the win.
"Hannon played a super game with 16 points including 12 of 15 from the charity stripe," Fuhrman said. "He also pulled down 12 rebounds."
Bradford’s outside shooting was on, as the Owls drained 10 three-pointers on the night including three from Manning, who finished with 13 points. Bradford also got buzzer-beater three’s in the first and third quarters by Jake Wells and Shawn Spindler respectively.
Stuart Morris gave the Owls offense a much needed lift with six big fourth-quarter points.
"I'm so happy for this team," Fuhrman said. "They could have folded in the overtime losing the lead at the end of regulation and knowing we had to play the overtime without Shawn Manning, but we just would not be denied. It was a heck of a game and reminded me somewhat of our big win over McKeesport back in 1995. It was a great atmosphere and the intensity and big plays made were unbelievable. I'm just glad we made a few more when it counted."
Strong Vincent’s outstanding senior point guard Tywuan Thomas led the Colonels with 26 points and 8 assists.
"He was a handful," Fuhrman said. "He's the best point guard I've seen this year."
The Owls will now take on Central Cambria, a 55-52 winner over Knoch, in the second round of the PIAA playoffs on Tuesday at a site and time to be announced.
BRADFORD 70, STRONG VINCENT 62
Score by Quarter
Strong Vincent 7-19-12-20-4 62
Bradford 13-16-15-14-12 70
STRONG VINCENT – 62
Rogers 2-0-1-4, Thomas 9-7-9-26, Blanks 2-2-2-6, Henderson 1-0-0-2, Gary Williams 2-0-0-4, Maurice Williams 4-1-2-9, Pugh 2-0-0-4, Richmond 3-1-2-7. Totals 25-11-16-62
BRADFORD – 70
Morris 2-1-4-6, Sean Hvizdzak 3-1-3-9, Shane Hvizdzak 1-1-2-3, Swanson 2-2-2-7, Spindler 2-3-8-9, Hannon 2-12-15-16, Manning 5-0-0-13, Wells 2-1-2-6, Kleinberger 0-1-2-1. Totals 19-22-38-70
THREE-POINTERS: Strong Vincent 1 (Thomas). Bradford 10 (Manning 3, Spindler 2, Sean Hvizdzak 2, Morris 1, Swanson 1, Wells 1)