TROY — Brett Lane of the Civic Memorial Eagles thought about getting the winning basket Monday in the Class 3A Triad Regional.
Then the 6-foot-3 senior did it.
Lane’s buzzer-beater enabled the Eagles to oust Mascoutah, 51-49, in the opening game of the Class 3A Triad Regional. While the Indians closed their season at 7-23, the 18-11 Eagles advance to Tuesday’s 7 p.m. semifinal.
They will play Belleville Althoff, the state’s top-rated team. The 25-2 Crusaders have won 13 in succession.
“Now we have to get ready for the University of Althoff,” quipped CM coach Doug Carey, a former Crusaders’ assistant.
Lane made that possible. His 12-foot shot in the lane saved the Eagles from going to overtime.
“That’s the biggest shot of my career,” said Lane, who scored a game-high 17 points, including 14 in the second half. “I didn’t have time to react. I just shot it.”
It was Lane’s rebound basket with 54 seconds remaining that knotted the score at 49-49. Mascoutah decided to play for a last shot, but committed a turnover — its 21st of the game — with 7.5 seconds to play.
“We had a chance to control our destiny, but then we got a traveling call,” Mascoutah coach Scott Oltmann said.
So the Eagles set up for the game-winner. The play involved more than giving the ball to Brett Lane.
“It wasn’t designed for me to shoot it,” Lane said. “The play was designed for Jaxsen Helmkamp to get a layup, but they came out in a zone. We weren’t ready for that, but we adjusted to it well.”
And as soon as Lane took the shot, he knew it was a winner.
“It felt good,” he said. “When they (Indians) turned it over, we got pumped up. I said to Adam Hill that he should get the ball to me.”
Carey liked the way it all developed and Lane’s tenacity in the closing moments.
“Give Brett credit. He made the last shot and did a lot of good things down the stretch,” Carey said. “Our seniors really stepped up and made plays near the end of the game.”
All figured, Lane made 6 of 9 shots, including a trio of treys. Hill contributed 7 points and three more Eagles tallied 5 points apiece. CM’s reserves accounted for 20 points and ignited the Eagles after they fell behind 10-3 in the first 3 minutes of the game.
“Our starters really had a bad start, but we put in four guys off the bench and they got us back in the game,” Carey said. “You have to give them a lot of credit for what they did.”
Overall, the Eagles made 18 of 47 shots, 7 of them treys. They converted 8 of 14 foul shots and coughed up 12 turnovers.
CM led 13-12 by the end of the first quarter and used a 7-0 spurt to close out the first half for a 24-20 lead. Mascoutah got to within 35-34 by the end of the third quarter. It was tied four times in the fourth quarter before Lane’s buzzer-beater lifted the Eagles.
“We just didn’t want to give up a layup on their last shot,” Oltmann said. “He (Lane) made a nice play on that last shot when he jumped over our guy.”
Ethan Mayberry (13 points), Dom Johnson (13 points) and Blake Weiss (12 points) paced Mascoutah, which made 19 of 36 shots. However, their rash of turnovers, including 14 in the first half, nagged the Indians.
“They put pressure on us and we made a lot of turnovers,” Oltmann said.
Lane figures the pressure will be off the eight-seeded Eagles when they battle top-ranked Althoff on Tuesday. The Crusaders finished second in last year’s Class 3A state finals in Peoria.
“We’re excited to play them and I’m ready to go,” Lane said. “There’s no pressure on us. We have nothing to lose.”
Jersey defeated host Triad, 65-41, behind Zac Ridenhour's 31 points in Monday’s second game and will play Mississippi Valley Conference rival Highland at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Triad Regional championship contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday. The champ advances to next week’s Highland Sectional.
CLASS 3A TRIAD REGIONAL
CM 51, MASCOUTAH 49
Mascoutah 12 8 14 15 — 49
CM 13 11 11 16 — 51
Mascoutah (7-23) — Ethan Mayberry 13, Blake Weis 12, Noah Brandon 2, Dom Johnson 13, Jordan Flores 4, Quincy Allen 5. 2FG-15 3FG-4 FT-7 PF-12.
CM (18-11) — JaQuan Adams 3, Brett Lane 17, Brandon Hampton 3, David Lane 3, Adam Hill 7, Justin Williams 5, Geoff Withers 3, Jaxsen Helmkamp 5, Cameron Gerhardt 5. 2FG-11 3FG-7 FT-8 PF-12.