Fate can be fickle, sometimes cruelly.
Fate betrayed the University in a heartbreaking fashion in its Division I section finals on February 27 against Green’s visit.
The Preppers led for 30 of the 32 minutes, but lost their lead in the final two minutes and were never able to recapture it as Green recovered from a 12-point halftime deficit to win a spectacular 49-48 victory.
Three last-minute turnovers, including two in the final 11 seconds, doomed the Preppers.
The Federal League member Bulldogs advance to take on league foe North Canton Hoover in a district semi-final on March 3.
The University’s 31-19 halftime lead was reduced to 42-35 at the start of the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs continued to come, reducing their deficit to 44-43 when junior Trey Martin scored on a steal and rout.
College senior Ricky Radtke sank two tree throws to take the lead to 46-43, then both teams had long possessions without scoring before Bulldogs junior Zach Oddo scored for at again score a point. game.
After a Prepper check, Martin fouled and sank both shots to give Green his first lead in the game, 47-46, with 1:54 remaining.
The university (13-5) had its chances thereafter, but could not capitalize. A block by second student Nelson Johnson Jr. and a rebound by senior Faris Dahman with 37 seconds remaining resulted in zero points. Johnson bounced off a Miss Dahman …
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