Kyle Young hit a foul shot with three seconds left to lift Massillon Jackson to a 39-38 win over Moeller.
COLUMBUS — Kyle Young hit the game-winning shot for Massillon Jackson, even if it wasn’t what was intended. Young made a free throw with three seconds left in the Division I state championship against Moeller on Saturday to lift the Polar Bears to a 39-38 win. Moeller got a late 3-pointer off, but it bounced off the backboard.
Young, a Butler signee, was held to one field goal and five total points by Moeller’s defense. But with the game on the line, Young made the first of a one-and-one after a foul by Moeller’s Caleb Canter.
“He could be Mr. Basketball and score 35 points a game, but he’s about the team and is a team player,” Jackson coach Tim Debevec said of Young. “That’s why we’re here cutting down the nets now. He blocks, he rebounds, and he doesn’t need to score 20 points for us to win. It was evident tonight.”
Jackson (28-2) called a timeout with seven seconds left and set up a play for Young to shoot a potential game winner. But Canter was called for a foul with three seconds left that drew loud boos from Moeller fans.
“Special kids make special plays,” Debevec said. “… I’m so proud of him. He’s a poised kid.”
Jaret Pallotta made a layup with 4:45 left to give Jackson a 34-29 lead, but Moeller battled back late. Miles McBride made a free throw with 2:40 left to cut Jackson’s lead to 34-32, then he hit a jumper with 2:12 left to tie the game. The teams traded free throws for the rest of the game, including a pair by Moeller’s Keegan McDowell with 23 seconds left that tied it 38-38.
After Young’s game-winner, Moeller called a timeout to set up a play. The Crusaders threw a pass down court to McDowell on the right wing, and he turned and launched a 3-pointer that bounced off the backboard at the buzzer.
Logan Hill scored 12 points for Jackson, while Pallotta finished with 11. Young led the team with 11 rebounds.
McBride scored a game-high 15 points and had nine rebounds, while McDowell scored 14 points and had eight rebounds. Moeller finishes with a 28-1 record.