By DOUG ZALESKI
A half-hour after Conner Bedwell hoisted the Class 3A New Castle boys basketball sectional championship trophy, after he posed for team and individual pictures with fans, after he helped cut down the nets, after he went into the stands and celebrated with his family, the Delta senior guard made an admission after making the winning shot.
“I was not able to see the rim,” he said.
Bedwell dodged a defender on a drive through the lane late in Saturday’s game against Hamilton Heights. His eyes were turned away from the rim when he chucked the ball over his head on a reverse layup. He tumbled to the floor and didn’t see the ball bounce off the backboard. After sprawling on the baseline and glancing back just in time, he saw the ball trickle through the net with 27 seconds left to put the Eagles ahead by a point.
The field goal gave Delta a 42-41 victory in Chrysler Fieldhouse, delivering the second straight sectional title for the Eagles while giving Mark Detweiler his milestone 300th coaching victory.