Designed to perfection for Glenville-Emmons

Published 1:16 am Tuesday, February 10, 2009

For 35 minutes, 58 seconds Glenville-Emmons junior Jon Mittag had recorded a basket, but none of that mattered after the swish of the net and drone of the buzzer Monday night.

Mittag sank a 3-pointer from the right side of the court to lift the Wolverines to an exciting 45-44 win against Medford in Glenville.

Call it crazy or call it brilliant, but with six seconds remaining in the game and Glenville-Emmons trailing 44-42, Wolverines head coach Dan Fredrickson drew up a play specifically designed for Mittag with the game on the line.

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Mittag didn’t disappoint.

Michael Adams inbounded the ball from behind the basket and the Wolverines rotated the ball around to Mittag, who had just enough space to hit his only shot of the game.

“I’d been bricking them all day, so I was like, ‘Well it’s now or never,’” Mittag said. “I saw the guy in my face and I raised up for the shot, thank god it went in.”

Just the way it was drawn up.

“I drew it up and I said, ‘This is what we’re running and Jonny is going to hit it,’ They kind of looked at me because they thought we were going to pound it inside,” Fredrickson said. “It was one of those things where you have a gut feeling. Jonny hit a big shot. A big, big shot.”

Glenville-Emmons played from behind the majority of the game and only took the lead with 1:52 left to play after Ryan Dempewolf hit a layup to give the Wolverines a 40-39 lead.

Garett Taylor scored inside to give the Tigers (2-15) a 44-42 lead with 23.4 seconds to play.

After playing a sloppy first half filled with mistakes, Glenville-Emmons got tough on defense, holding Medford to 15 points, after trailing by six at the break.

Fredrickson inserted 6-foot-3 Tyler Woodside and 6-foot-4 Sanderson into the lineup at the same time to create a strong presence on interior defense. The strategy worked as the duo collected rebounds the team wasn’t picking up in the first half. Sanderson finished with 13 rebounds, Michael Thofson had 10 and Woodside had nine.

“I thought Derek and Woody did a nice job of controlling the paint,” Fredrickson said. “They controlled the paint in the defensive end.”

Glenville-Emmons turned the ball over 20 times Monday, but its defense and poor shooting from the Tigers bailed the Wolverines out on a number of occasions.

None of the bad parts mattered as much after Mittag hit his shot.

Glenville-Emmons 45, Medford 44

Medford 29 15 — 44

Glenville-Emmons 23 22 — 45

Medford scoring: Garett Taylor 16, Brad Lovgen 7, Brandon Davis 6, Adam Nelson 6, Phil Heimerman 6, Jay Paulson 3.

Glenville-Emmons scoring: Tyler Woodside 11, Derek Sanderson 9, Michael Thofson 7, Garret Schumaker 6, Ryan Dempewolf 5, Jon Mittag 3, Michael Adams 2, Landon Hall 2.