TERRYVILLE - The Terryville boys basketball team needed a lift on the offensive end of the floor and got it from Mike Tiscia with 28 points.
His eight points in overtime and 11 points in the second half - including the game-tying layup to send it into overtime - was the difference as the Kangaroos pulled away in overtime to beat Achievement First 64-53 Wednesday.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Terryville and is the first win since losing starting point guard Evan Dorso due to a broken elbow.
“It feels good,” Tiscia said. “It gives us momentum for these next few games and gives us the confidence that we can win without him.”
The Kangaroos got off to a slow start and the 2-3 zone implemented by Achievement First caused fits for Terryville, as it had four turnovers in the first quarter, which led to a 10-3 deficit.
“We came out kind of lackadaisical,” Kangaroos head coach Mark Fowler said. “Our effort was a little poor. We didn’t stick to what we were trying to do to start the game.”
To close out the first quarter, Terryville started to discover a rhythm on the offensive end.
Tiscia knocked down a 3-pointer to cut the Achievement lead to 10-6.
Following his three, the Kangaroos’ Zack Rinkavage drove to the basket hard, drawing an and-one opportunity. Rinkavage finished it off for the three-point play and Terryville trailed by one.
Keandre Charles knocked down a three to extend the Achievement lead to 13-9 before Tiscia found a streaking Shawn Iwanow for a lay-up as the final seconds of the quarter ticked down and the Kangaroos trailed 13-11 going into the second.
“Our energy picked up on both ends,” Fowler said. “When you start to attack defensively, I thought we did that with the pressure, and then we started to attack offensively a little bit more, getting in the paint, breaking down their defense to get open looks from the perimeter.”
In the second quarter, Terryville outscored Achievement 13-8 and had five different players score: Tiscia, Iwanow, Adam Pelz, Devonne Dao and Colin Bamrick.
The Kangaroos took a 24-21 lead into the half.
As the second half began, Tiscia started to take over.
He hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter and had a lay-up.
With his eight points in the quarter, Terryville entered the final period of regulation up 39-34.
The fourth was tough for the Kangaroos.
It started out looking as if Terryville was going to run away with the win, but Achievement First found its offense in the form of Gabe Craredi.
With the Kangaroos up 43-36, Craredi went on scoring spree. He scored eight consecutive points and Achievement went on a 6-0 run in the quarter.
It was stopped by Iwanow, as he knocked down a 3-pointer to extend the Terryville lead to 46-42.
Craredi would answer, drawing a shooting foul and knocking down both at the line to move the score to 46-44 with the Kangaroos still on top.
Tiscia added one at the line before Darius McKnight tied it up at 47.
Charles then drove the lane, knocking down a lay-up and drawing a foul in the process.
He missed the free throw and Tiscia tied it up at 49 with a lay-up.
Achievement had the final possession, but couldn’t score as the game went into overtime at 49-49.
The Kangaroos played their best basketball of the night in the extra period, outscoring Achievement 15-4 in overtime. Knocking down free throws down the stretch was big, as Terryville had 10 of its 15 points at the line, five coming from Tiscia.
With the win, the Kangaroos moved to 2-4 on the season and will look to find a groove.
For now, it was a momentum builder, as the group moves forward without Dorso.
“We needed this one,” Iwanow said. “It was a big confidence boost. Obviously with [Dorso] being out, he’s our leading scorer and overall best player on the team. We needed this win.”