by John J. Dunn, Contributing Sportswriter
Brent Hawn’s game-high 32 points led Delphi to a thrilling 58-50 overtime victory over Carroll Friday night in the Oracles first game home since playing three straight and four of its last five on the road.
With Delphi leading 37-36 with 3:10 left in regulation, Trey Fibrun’s short jumper gave the Cougars their first lead since it was 17-14 with 4:04 left in the 2nd period.
Hawn responded with a 3-pointer to put the Oracles back on top at 40-38 with 2:01 left, but Jarin Bush came right back with a layup to tie it back at 40 with 1:42 remaining before both team’s committed turnovers in the final minute and Delphi’s half-court desperation heave fell short at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.
Hawn opened the extra period with a 3-pointer from the corner with 3:19 to play to give the Oracles a lead it would never relinquish.
Tyler Ross’s foul shot increased the lead to 44-40, before Brandon Dillon’s driving layup cut it in half with 1:49 remaining.
After Blaine Walters and Fibrun each made a pair of free throws, Hawn’s jumper ignited a 7-0 spurt to give Delphi a 53-44 lead with 36.3 seconds left.
Dillon hit a pair of treys in the final 30 seconds, but the Oracles made 13-of-15 free throws in the final 1:59 to seal the win.
“We did a great job of defending their bigs, Delphi head coach Adam Ballard said. “Our post guys worked their tails off to get stops against Bush and Dillon, who are both loads in the post.”
“We did a fantastic job of blocking out and limiting them to one shot,” he added. “I felt that our guards did a good job of pressuring them defensively and forcing turnovers.”
Carroll (8-9) hit 21-of-32 shots (65.6 percent) and 6-of-7 free throws (85.7 percent), but committed 25 turnovers, including 14 in the 2nd half.
The Cougars jumped ahead 12-6 in the 1st period and held onto a 12-10 lead at break, before a pair of Walters free throws tied it with 6:42 left in the 2nd period.
Dillon scored five straight to give Carroll a 17-12 lead at the 4:25 mark when the Oracles went on an 11-2 run, including three straight 3-pointers from Hawn, to take a 23-19 lead at halftime, before holding onto a 32-30 lead at the end of the 3rd period.
Ross and Walters added nine points apiece for Delphi, followed by Adam Zink with four, Mason Lane three and Weston Windell with one.
Bush led the Cougars with 23 points, Dillon added 21, Jared Miller had five, and Filbrun had four.