Kent, OH - On Wednesday night the Stow-Munroe Falls Bulldogs took on the Walsh Jetsuit Warriors in a Division 1 Regional semi-final at the Kent State MAC Center.
Coming out in the first half the Warriors were able to start out hot, hitting back-to-back-to-back three pointers as Tyler Bell was able to put up six points. His team to put up 14 points to start the game.
On the other side of the ball, the Bulldogs went on an offensive tear as Reece Raymond-Smith was able to put up eight points of his own. The team as a whole was able to put up 18 points, as both teams showed off their offensive prowess but the Bulldogs had the lead going into halftime 18-14.
Entering the second it was a much different game, as neither team's offense was anything special, but it was a physical defensive battle.
Walsh was able to get the first bucket of the quarter from Keith Rivers, who was able to put up six points of eight in the quarter. The Warriors weren't able to do much against the Bulldog's defense.
The quarter for Stow was the same story as they were only able to put up nine points, five of which came from Nick Timberlake. Just like the Warriors the Bulldogs weren't able to do much against the strong Walsh defense, but they were able to keep the lead 27-22 going into the half.
Coming out of the locker rooms, the Warriors instantly made their presence known as they were able to tie the game at 27. Fortunately for them it didn't stop there as they were able to take the lead when Ruel Tomlinson Jr. was able to score the final four points of the quarter giving them a 39-36 lead.
The Bulldogs looked the same on offense as they did in the second, only scoring nine points and defensively they struggled allowing the Warriors to score 17 points.
Entering the fourth things were looking good for the Warriors, but that was short lived. The Bulldogs were able to tie the game and Raymond-Smith was able to put up 11 points of his own leading his team to 18 third quarter points.
In the final quarter, the Warriors did great offensively putting up 15 points, eight of which came from a combined score between Max Matta and Tyler Bell. With a few seconds left in regulation, Zach Halligan was able to score the game tying shot and we headed to overtime tied 54-54.
In overtime the Warriors took control, as Bell was able to score seven points of their nine overtime points. The Bulldogs scored seven points, five of which came from AJ Pestello Jr. but it wasn't enough as Walsh prevailed 63-61.
The MVP of the game was Zach Halligan for the Warriors who put up 16 points and made the game tying shot to go into overtime.
Walsh advances to take on Akron Hoban in the Regional Final Friday night at Kent State.