Dakota Mathias may have struggled with his post season play but it is not the same for fellow Ohio Boiler Vince Edwards, who has found amazing play in the tournament games.
Last night Vince and the Middletown Middies advanced on a miracle of a shot. Strangely the game was almost identical to the one played by Mathias and his team, with one MAJOR difference. With seconds left, Middletown was down 53-51, the same score in the last seconds of Dakota's game. Vince drives, absorbs defense and kicks the ball to a wide open teammate who banks it in off the glass to win the game 54-53 on a miracle 3 point shot. What is even more amazing is that the player that made the shot, Kyle Shouse, is a 28.6% 3 point shooter during this season. But that doesnt matter, the ball went in, the Middies advance!
Vince has been exceptional in the tournament games. In 4 games played in the tournament Vince is putting up 23.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, 2 spg, 1.3 bpg, and 3.8 topg while shooting 31-52 (60%) overall, 9-14 (64%) from 3, and 22-30 (73%) from the FT line.
The Middies are now 19-6 and have won 8 straight games. Though the test is not over yet, as Vince and Middletown will face their biggest test yet on Thursday. For the first regional game Middletown will take on the AP #1, nationally ranked, 23-1 Archbishop Moeller. Moeller is tall and all around talented. They are the favorite to win the state tournament. On Moeller there is a player named Nate Fowler. Fowler is a 6'9", 250 lb junior who has gained offers from Butler, Dayton, Miami (FL), and West Virginia. He has also gained the attention and interest of Boston College, Xavier, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio State, and Purdue. With Vince being listed at 6'8", he is the tallest player on Middletown's team but usually plays outside. Middletown's post option, Chance Sorrell, is only 6'6" but is going to Penn State as a Offensive Tackle and is ranked as the number 64 player at his position. Chance is 263 lbs and very strong, it will be interesting to see how well he guards Nate Fowler.
Thursday's game will be tough for Middletown but if they get through it they will have a lot of confidence going into the remaining games. If the games play out right, Vince could be facing Ohio State commit JaSean Tate and Pickerington HS in the Final 4 of the state tournament. Vince played with Tate on All Ohio Red over the summer. Would be a great game.