Blue Streaks upset Bellevue

Kirkwood's free throws lift Sandusky over Redmen Staff
Jan 13, 2013

Domonic Kirkwood proved he can be more than just a spark off the bench.
The 5-foot-11 senior guard earned a starting spot in Saturday's Northern Ohio League matchup against Bellevue, and made it count.
Trailing 56-55 with six seconds left to play, Kirkwood drove the baseline and drew a foul with 4.3 second on the clock.
Kirkwood stepped up to the line, drained two free throws and the Streaks beat the Redmen 57-56, snapping their 10-game losing streak.
“I was shaking,” Kirkwood said. “My legs were shaking, I was very nervous. Our coaches were just pushing us to drive to the basket and finish at the basket and finish the game.”
The Blue Streaks, without two starters and battling injuries and illness, looked anything but a 1-win team.
Sandusky (2-10, 1-4 NOL) entered the fourth quarter with a 46-37 lead. Two jumpers by D'Maja Jordan split by a Redmen basket put Sandusky up 12 with 5:51 to play.
But bad habits found the Streaks. Missed box outs, sloppy passes and foul trouble helped the Redmen crawl out of their hole.
Back-to-back baskets by Trent Stamm put the Redmen (4-6, 0-3) on top, 52-51 with 2:31 to play.
The Redmen and Steaks traded baskets for the next minute.
Jalen Santoro gave Bellevue a 56-55 lead with 1:12 on the clock. D'Maja Jordan fouled out with 32 seconds left sending Seth Linder to the line. Linder missed both free throws and the Streaks sprinted down the floor. Kirkwood put up a 3-pointer that was off the mark with 10 seconds to play. The ball was knocked out of bounds in Sandusky's favor. The ball was inbounded and Kirkwood decided this time to take it to the hole, earning the game-winning free throw shots.
For more information on this game and others, see Sunday's Sandusky Register.


common cents

Good job, Streaks. Bellevue boys seem to be the underachievers of the entire area. All those athletes and talent and no wins in the NOL.