Braeden O’Shaughnessy knew the Poland boys basketball team had reached the point that the result wasn’t about who was the better team or even which team was going to execute better in a matchup wuth undefeated and state-ranked Edgewood.
He knew the Bulldogs had reached the point where the team willing to go the furthest with nothing in the tank was going to be victorious.
O’Shaughnessy had no intention of letting the Bulldogs, ranked 10th in the most recent Division II Associated Press poll, fall short as he led them to a 68-60 overtime victory.
“We were down seven at the half,” said O’Shaughnessy, who finished with 41 points. “We chipped our way back into the game. As soon as we got to overtime, it was about who wanted it more. We hit our free throws. That’s what it came down to. They missed a couple at timely moments. We hit the shots and got the win.”
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.