FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Freddies and the Utica Redskins battled it out on Friday before a packed gym in Fredericktown.
What the fans got was a back-and-forth treat that came down to two lead changes in the final 20 seconds.
The Fredericktown boys basketball team prevailed, 31-30, to remain in first place in the Mid-Buckeye Conference.
The flow of the game was tight throughout. Both teams controlled the ball, and took shots only when opportunity presented itself. No team scored more than five points at a time, and the lead was never more than four points throughout.
“Our kids battled,” Utica head coach Eric Sheck said. “This is a tough place to play, and our kids never backed down at all.”
The packed house was spurred on by the return of senior Tyler Hathaway to the team. Hathaway was injured three weeks ago in the Freddies’ game against Centerburg. The doctors diagnosed a torn meniscus. But Hathaway spent his free time working on the knee, and by Friday night, he was cleared to play in short intervals.
The athletic trainers call it a “speedy recovery.” Most everyone else in the gym used the word, “Miracle.”