“We really did a good job of forcing them into some tough shots,” Mackey said. “The times in the third and fourth quarters when we made them dribble to their left hands, they almost never scored.”
Added Odero: “It was very aggressive. We forced some steals and we forced them left. Coach Mackey preached about forcing them left because none of them could go left. It was coaching and it was the players putting in the work.”
Brock Eichler’s three-pointer from the baseline extended OHS’ lead to 44-40 with 1:05 expired in the fourth quarter. Eichler then orchestrated what was perhaps the Yellowjackets’ best offensive sequence of the night. He drove along the left baseline before spotting a wide open George Foti on the opposite wing. The last of Foti’s three three-pointers gave the Jackets a 47-40 lead with 5:35 left.
Waverly (10-9) answered with a 9-2 run to tie the score at 49.
Peyton Miller capped the spurt on a driving layup with 2:10 left and then hit two free throws 26 seconds later that evened things at 49.
Bischoff’s driving layup with 1:15 remaining gave OHS a 51-49 lead.
After Waverly’s Alex Uhl missed a layup with 55 seconds left, Bischoff was called for traveling with 34 seconds to play.
The Wolverines had a chance to play for the last shot, but Miller attempted a three-pointer from the key with 20 seconds left. It missed and Wolstenholme secured the rebound. He was fouled with 15.8 seconds left.
Wolstenholme rattled in the first free throw to make it 52-49 before missing the second.
Uhl dribbled up the left side of the court before finding Perry right of the top of the circle. Perry, the winning pitcher in Waverly’s 6-4 win over Oneonta in last spring’s Section Four Class B baseball final, swished the three-pointer with 5.3 seconds to tie the score.