The Rising Sun Shiners battled to the wire but in the end it was the South Dearborn Knights winning the 2017-18 boys basketball season opener 73 to 70 on a 3-point shot by freshman Isiah Jefferson at the buzzer on Tuesday, Nov. 21st at Aurora.
The buzzer went off and the South Dearborn student section (seated under the Rising Sun basket) stormed the court for the apparent win for first year head coach Kevin Reinhardt. However, Rising Sun Coach Chris Jones was able to get a time out. Official Ron Jobst checked with the scorer’s table and .6 seconds was put back on the clock.
“I tried to get a technical called (for the fans coming on the court). It was worth a try,” said Jones. ” I understand the excitement of the moment and the horn going off.”
Rising Sun got one final off balance shot by Noah Pflum that was no good. Once again the SD fans stormed the court. This time somebody pushed down Shiner senior Brent Turner who later received five stitches in his chin.
Afterwards police escorted the Rising Sun team out to the bus to secure no additional incidents would occur.
It marred the end to a well played game by both teams. Since the incident, video has been shared with the Aurora Police Department and South Dearborn administrators had dealt with the students involved, according to Rising Sun superintendent Branden Roeder.
Noah Pflum scored the first basket of the season and the start of a see saw affair.
The host Knights led 15-13 after the opening quarter. The hard fought contest saw a pair of SD players going out of the game after being bloodied.
Rising Sun evened the game at 24 on a basket by Nick Koons. Pflum tied it again at 29 and senior Trenton Gridley put the Shiners up two before a 3-pointer lifted SD to a 32 to 31 halftime advantage.
A Jacob Bovard three put RS 44 to 38. Reserve Jake Powell’s free throw and a Trenton Gridley three point play put the Shiners up 48 to 40.
“We couldn’t take advantage of opportunities to close them out,” Coach Jones added. ” We could have put them away if we could have knocked a couple of shots down or pulled down a defensive rebound or two.”
SD tied the game at 50 before Bovard was called for a newly emphasized intentional foul and led 51 to 50 with eight minutes remaining.
“Both teams shot well. We fought through even after we lost the lead,” added Jones.
A steal by Wesley Rider set up Noah Pflum for a shot at the top of the key to tie the game at 63. Bovard buried a 3-pointer to give Rising Sun a 66 to 63 lead. Jason McClellan’s first basket of his senior season gave RS a 68 to 65 advantage but a 3-pointer by Ethan Getz gave SD the lead at 70 to 68.
Rising Sun called timeout with :35 remaining in order to get Turner back in the game. Turner knifed his way down the left side to even the score at 70.
With leading scorer John Tedesco handling the ball, SD came down court and Tedesco found Jefferson in the corner who buried the game winner.
Rising Sun was led by Koons with 20 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Turner had 15 points and 12 boards. Pflum scored 14 with four assists. Bovard added eight, Rider and Gridley had five, McClellan two and Powell one.
The Shiners suffered through 20 turnovers and foul trouble.
John Tedesco led all scorers with 21 points. Getz had 16 and Alex Shackelford 12. Chris Moeller added nine, Jefferson seven, Payton Sipple four, Charlie Tedesco two and John Bruner two.