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On paper, the sectional tournament opener featuring East Canton and Wellsville looked like a huge mismatch.
The Tigers came into the contest as the third seed, boasting a 19-3 regular-season record. The 11th-seeded Hornets played in a myriad of close games and showed improvement throughout their season, but only had a 4-18 record to show for their hard work.
Make that five wins.
East Canton fought back from a 15-point deficit to pull off the upset 51-50.
For much of the game it looked as if Wellsville would easily advance to the sectional final.
The Tigers led 14-9 after the opening eight minutes of play, 29-17 entering halftime, and 42-30 with less than a minute to play in the third stanza.
East Canton scored the last four points of the third frame and the first five points of the fourth quarter, closing to within three at 42-39.
The game remained tight over the final eight minutes. Wellsville found itself clinging to a 4-point lead with less than 30 seconds to play.
Senior James McCullough came through with a clutch 3-pointer, cutting the lead to one with 19.9 seconds remaining on the clock.
Wellsville was unable to inbound the ball, and were called for a 5-second violation.
Down one, East Canton's Mitch Mitchell was fouled. The junior calmly sank both attempts from the free-throw line, giving the Hornets its first lead of the night.
Wellsville had one last chance for the win, but Michael Shope's shot fell harmlessly to the floor as time expired.
Junior big-man Anthony Baad dominated the paint for the Hornets, finishing with game highs of 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Mitchell finished with 16 points, McCullough had 12 points and five assists and Trey Mallon added five points.
East Canton 46
It looked as if East Canton would pull off its second straight upset as it led Southern Local by 17 points at halftime of a Division IV sectional final.
The hosts had other plans, storming back over the final 16 minutes of play for a 49-46 victory.
The Hornets played their best half of the season, leading 15-10 after the opening eight minutes of play and stretching its advantage to 36-19 heading into intermission.
The Indians held East Canton to just three points in the third frame, closing the gap to 39-30 heading into the final stanza.
Southern scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to get to within one, and eventually took a 3-point lead with time running out.
East Canton had a shot to send the game into overtime, but a desperation 3-point attempt was missed.
Baad had a game-high 17 points for East Canton. Mitchell added 11 points.