By Christian Martinelli
Like they say, “It’s not over until the fat lady sings.” The Werewolves pulled out an improbable 88-86 victory over Dujes Boys in overtime, after mounting a big comeback in the final moments of their season opening game.
The Werewolves have the big game experience as they finished in the Runner-up spot last season losing a heartbreaker in double OT to Lob City in the Championship.
They showed humility in victory giving props to a tough Dujes Boys team.
“They’re a young team in this league, they have a lot of new guys playing in their first game ever,” Heston said. “They’re a much better team than last year. They were beating us by 15.”
It showed down the stretch as Brian Heston and Dave Campbell came up clutch possession after possession to help send the game to OT.
Heston, a player with an award list longer than a grocery list had a great game per usual, dropping 29 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. Dave Campbell did him one better with a league high 36 points on the night, he also added in 11 rebounds, and two assists.
Campbell also hit the big corner three to send the game to OT with 10 seconds remaining, then he hit the game winning floater with only moments left in OT. Werewolves had the clutch gene, while Dujes Boys struggled to make anything happen when it mattered most.
“I love those moments, I love to take those,” Campbell said. “They trusted me with the ball in the last 15 seconds of the game, so you gotta love them for trusting me.”
The game was primarily dominated by Dujes Boys until the last few moments of the game. Even with seven minutes left the Werewolves were facing a 15 point deficit. They were able to erase that due to their clutch shot making, and subpar free throw shooting and defense by Duje’s Boys.
The Duje’s Boys were led by John Coutu and Vincent Volpe who both put up 24 points. The Legacy League early Rookie of the Year candidate, Vincent Volpe, also had 10 rebounds, and dished out two assists. Coutu a former All-Star Captain and Offensive Player of the Year added six boards, and three assists. Zach Tartaglia notched 18 points, and Nick Harrington scored 13.
You could see the dejection in the faces of the Duje’s Boys squad after squandering what seemed to be a very safe lead in the final moments.
It just goes to show that no lead is safe in the Legacy Leagues, especially when you’re playing a team with the big game experience of the Werewolves.
“We have that experience, we’ve all been here,” Heston said.