The will of the Twinsburg boys basketball team was not to be defeated in the Tigers' thrilling 70-69 triple overtime marathon victory at Brunswick.
On the road against the bigger Blue Devils, Twinsburg overcame a 12-point deficit to record the non-league win on Feb. 1.
Heading into the Feb. 5 league game at Solon, Twinsburg had won nine of its last 10 games and was 12-3 overall. Final results of the Solon game weren't available as of press time.
Head coach Bob Pacsi loved the win and hopes it fuels his squad for the tough upcoming Northeast Ohio Conference River Division slate.
"That was a huge win for us and Brunswick is a much better team than their record (8-9) -- they have size and they can shoot," said the coach. "Our will to win was just too much."
First off, Twinsburg tied the game in the fourth quarter and from 1:30 left, the Tiger defense held Brunswick without scoring.
"They had the ball and because of our strong team defense, Brunswick couldn't get a good shot or even a good look," said Pacsi. "That was big for us."
In the third overtime session, Brunswick scored to grab a one-point lead with 1:10 left.
Without the benefit of a timeout, Twinsburg ran its offense and moved without the ball.
Junior guard Tallin Johnson hit senior forward A.J. Edwards on a back-cut to the bucket, and Edwards scored to put the Tigers up one with 14 seconds left.
Brunswick did get a final shot attempt off to potentially win the game, but Edwards got a piece of the ball on a block as Twinsburg won the thriller.
"Our defensive stops were the key to get back in the game, but at the end of the third overtime, our kids ran the offense very well," said Pacsi. "We showed a lot of poise. The guys ran our offensive sets and worked the ball around very well, and that's when Johnson hit Edwards."
Edwards scored 18 points to lead the balanced Tigers.
Senior point guard Jalen Washington netted 15 points despite his shoulder being less than 100-percent.
Senior guard Cooper Rea, canned two 3-pointers and finished with 12 points while Johnson had 11.
Junior wing Sean Marable added eight points, junior forward Marcus Wallace scored three, and sophomore Shane Farmer hit a three-pointer.
Zach Parker led Brunswick with 21 points. Kyle Wheeler had 18, Patrick Jarvis 11 points, and Taylor Armagost had 10 for the Devils.
Edwards scored a career-high 39 points as Twinsburg posted a 77-62 non-league win at Revere (1-16) on Jan. 29. Edwards also snagged 10 rebounds.
Despite eight triples by the Minutemen, Twinsburg couldn't be stopped.
Support for Edwards came from Johnson with 10 points, Farmer had a big game with eight points along with Washington. Rea netted seven points and Wallace had five.
Twinsburg is 4-1 in the NOC River and meets unbeaten Lyndhurst Brush (10-4, 5-0) on Feb. 8 and plays Feb. 12 at Cuyahoga Falls (11-5, 2-2) before hosting Hudson (12-4, 3-2) on Feb. 15.
"This is as a resilient group of kids that I can remember having," said Pacsi.
Pacsi is also excited about the Feb. 10 tournament drawing for the Copley Division I sectional-district.