Schobert, West shock Hawks at buzzer
Unbelievable finish puts Wolverines in sectional final
Big time athletes make big time plays in big time games.
Meet Mr. Big Time. He's Waukesha West's Joe Schobert.
Schobert was the man of the hour for the Wolverines varsity boys basketball team last Friday night at the WIAA sectional at the Al McGuire Center in downtown Milwaukee, as he made an unbelievable 3-pointer at the buzzer to defeat rival Arrowhead, 58-57, and ended the season of the defending Division 1 state champion.
To even think the Wolverines had a chance to win the game on the final possession was a long shot at best. They trailed their longtime nemesis Arrowhead - winners of 14 straight in the series between the two teams - by a 57-52 score with 12.2 seconds remaining in the game.
Inbounding the ball under their own hoop, West got the pass to Dillon Gilpatrick just beyond the top of the key, and the 6-foot-6 senior nailed a 3-pointer to make it a 57-55 game with 7.3 seconds showing in the clock.
Coach Dave Schultz of the Wolverines quickly called timeout, and West fouled Arrowhead senior guard Brandon St. George with 6.4 seconds left in the game. St. George missed both foul shots to keep the West hopes alive. With no timeouts left, senior guard Austyn Lingle then dribbled the ball down the left side of the court and whipped a crosscourt pass to a wide open Schobert in the right corner.
Schobert, an all-state football player, caught the pass from Lingle and immediately started to take his game-winning jump shot. With Schobert in the air, Arrowhead senior Blake Mattson came flying at him with his arms fully outstretched. Schobert thus had to double clutch for an instant to avoid a blocked shot.
He hung in the air just long enough to avoid Mattson before firing up the game winner that swished through the net as time expired.
"He's (Schobert) probably the only athlete I know of who can make that play," said Arrowhead coach Craig Haase. "Obviously not too many kids can double clutch from the 3-point line and knock it down. He was able to do that because of his athletic skills."
Schultz, who had his team playing in the sectional for the second straight year, admitted it was quite a shot by his 6-foot-3 junior guard.
"It wasn't one of his best games offensively," the West coach said. "That was a tough shot, and that kid came at him. Other than fouling him, they couldn't do much else. When it left his hand, I didn't know if it was going to get there. It was a surreal moment when it went in."
When the shot went in, it created a wild celebration by the West players under the basket.
Friday's battle with the Warhawks was a classic from the opening tip. The score was tied 11 times, and there were eight lead changes. West never led in the fourth quarter until Schobert delivered his game-winner.
Junior Eric Solberg fired in a game-high 16 points. Senior Dan Cerroni added 14 tallies to that total and Schobert had 9, and Gilpatrick 8.
Senior center Ricky Lovett led the Warhawks with 12 points.
West helped themselves at the free-throw line by converting 14 of 17 (82%) for the game.
Germantown 59, West 38
The sectional stay lasted another 24 hours before one of the state's top-ranked teams took down West in the final one night later at the Al McGuire Center.
Tyler Coffey and Schobert each had 13 points for the Wolverines (19-6) in the loss. Germantown improved to 24-1.
Waukesha West 58, Arrowhead 57
See video of the game-winning shot at WaukeshaNOW.com.
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