It wasn’t always pretty, but the final shot was a welcomed sight for Hayes fans as Will Yoakum hit a runner in the lane as time expired to lift the Delaware Hayes boys basketball team to a thrilling 41-39 win over visiting Hilliard Darby Friday night.
Yoakum, who finished with 14 points, hit both ends of a 1-and-1 to tie the game with 32 seconds left. After a stop, Hayes called a timeout and, with just one second left, Sam Midura executed a perfect inbound pass from mid court to set up the game-winner. Yoakum caught the pass in stride and laid it in at the buzzer.
“I thought Darby played great … the best we have seen them,” Hayes coach Jordan Blackburn said. “They have not been a good shooting team all year so we were really packing it in the paint. They hit eight threes and defended us well, so credit them, but I was proud of our boys for finding a way to win on a night we were not happy with how we played.”
The Pacers struggled from deep, missing all 10 of their three-pointers, but finished a perfect 9-for-9 at the charity stripe.
Also: Westerville North 63, Orange 52
Liberty 4, Dublin Coffman 0.
Delaware Hayes 98, Warren G. Harding 63.
Delaware Hayes 81, Warren G. Harding 63.
Westerville Central 2,084, Orange 2,063.
Westerville Central 2,359, Orange 2,139.
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