Tuesday was Johnny McCarthy's night.
"Real exciting," said Medfield High School head coach Herb Grace. "We made some huge plays there at the end and we didn't give up. Johnny McCarthy hit the big three there but mostly pleased with our defensive effort there with 20 seconds left we were able to shut them down."
The ensuing defensive stand following McCarthy's three ball prevented Westwood from finding a high percentage shot and forced the ball into the right corner where Kevin Liebrock lined up a three-point attempt that back-rimmed in the final seconds of regulation.
In overtime, it was all Medfield as the Warriors outscored the Wolverines 10-2 in the frame en route to a 67-59 win.
"In an overtime win it takes great efforts by everybody and it was a great team effort," said Grace.
Tuesday's game started quickly from the first quarter, with both teams exchanging baskets and running up and down the floor like a track meet. Surprisingly, this style of play lasted through four quarters before fizzling out in the overtime period. Medfield was able to hold one-point leads in each of the first three quarters, 15-14 after one, 25-24 at the half and 40-39 after three.
Westwood took the lead with under three minutes to play in the fourth quarter on Macston Maccow's bucket and held the lead until McCarthy three-pointer tied it.
"[McCarthy] played a great game for them," said Westwood head coach Steve St. Martin. "He was very good and did a couple of great things off the dribble. Medfield is notorious for being able to take people off the dribble. They do a great job of ball handling."
Medfield's Ben Coutinho overcame a tough shooting night to net 17 points and Sam Tawa had a tough, physical game, scoring 13 points. Westwood's Maccow finished with 18 points and Glenn Parsons added 10.
The win keeps the Warriors (2-3) three games back of first-place Medway and pulls them even with Westwood (2-3) in the Tri-Valley League standings. Medfield will get back to work Friday when they host Bellingham. Westwood hosts Norton Friday.