Eddie Doyle rebounded an Aaron Chalstrom miss and scored with just four seconds remaining Tuesday night, lifting the St. Edmond boys to a 44-42 victory over Webster City.
The Lynx had one final chance, but Boone Myers was unable to convert a jumper, sending the Gaels (6-2 overall, 5-2 in North Central Conference) to a third straight victory.
Doyle finished with a double-double, as the junior scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Robby Burke added 16 points and eight boards, while David Flattery had nine points and nine rebounds.
For Webster City (2-5, 2-4), Mason Myers tallied 12 and Boone Myers had 11, but the Lynx were crushed on the glass, 36-17.
"We knew this was going to be a battle because Webster City has had a lot of close games and their record isn't really an indicator of how good they are," said SEHS head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. "We still made a lot of careless mistakes, but we didn't hang our heads. We came right back each time we made a turnover and worked to get a good look."
Kochendorfer said they didn't draw up a new play for the final shot, but it worked, as Doyle caught the Chalstrom shot in the air and bounced it in off the backboard.
ST. EDMOND 44, WEBSTER CITY 42
St. Edmond - David Flattery 3-9 2-2 9, Aaron Chalstrom 0-5 0-0 0, Aaron McElroy 1-2 1-2 3, Alex Mericle 0-1 0-0 0, Robby Burke 8-17 0-1 16, Eddie Doyle 7-13 2-2 16, Hank Crimmins 0-0 0-0 0, Cal Coleman 0-0 0-0 0, Matthew Bocken 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-47 5-7 44.
Webster City - Austin Myers 1-7 1-2 3, Eric Coleman 0-0 1-2 1, Ben Mossman 1-6 0-0 2, Nick Olmstead 3-7 3-3 9, Boone Myers 4-7 3-6 11, Mason Myers 5-8 0-0 12, Colby Larson 0-1 0-0 0, Nick Thilges 0-0 0-0 0, Brody Foster 1-1 0-0 2, Cody Chambers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-37 8-13 42.
Quarter scores: St. Edmond led 12-11, 24-20, 34-32. Three-point goals: St. Edmond 1-8 (Flattery 1-5, Chalstrom 0-3); Webster City 2-10 (A. Myers 0-3, Mossman 0-1, Olmstead 0-2, M. Myers 2-3, Larson 0-1). Total rebounds: St. Edmond 36, Webster City 17. Steals: St. Edmond 6, Webster City 5. Blocked shots: St. Edmond 2, Webster City 2. Turnovers: St. Edmond 13, Webster City 11. Points off turnovers: St. Edmond 8, Webster City 8. Team fouls: St. Edmond 12, Webster City 13.
"Eddie really has a knack for that," Kochendorfer said. "He just seems to know where to be around the rim."
The Gaels raced out to an 8-0 advantage, but Webster City answered with nine straight points. From there on out, neither team led by more than four, including multiple ties and lead changes in the second half.
Ben Mossman scored his only points of the game with just under two minutes to go, dropping in a bucket to tie things at 40-all. St. Edmond proceeded to turn the ball over, but Nick Olmstead missed his three-pointer. Chalstrom grabbed the loose ball and Doyle converted down low to make it 42-40 with 46 seconds left.
"That last minute really showed the highs and lows we've experienced already this year," Kochendorfer said. "We would make a big play and go down on the other end and let them score without much effort."
Webster City did just that after the Doyle basket, as Olmstead drove the lane and tied it at 42-42.
The Gaels worked the clock down before Chalstrom went baseline, floating up a runner that Doyle rebounded.
St. Edmond returns to action this Friday night at No. 2 (Class 3A) Iowa Falls-Alden. Webster City heads to Humboldt.