The Heath High School boys basketball team's success against the MBC ended with a 67-62 overtime loss to Fredericktown in a Division III sectional final on Friday at Gahanna.

The Heath High School boys basketball team's success against the MBC ended with a 67-62 overtime loss to Fredericktown in a Division III sectional final on Friday at Gahanna.

The Bulldogs, who went 4-0 against that league during the regular season, battled back from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to forge a 54-all tie in regulation, but too many mistakes during the first half might have sealed their fate.

"We told the kids that if we're not mentally ready they'll come out and punch us in the mouth, and that's what they did," said coach Jason Baker, whose team trailed 23-17 at the half.

The Freddies led 44-33 early in the fourth quarter before Heath went on a 15-4 run to pull even at 48 when LaVelle Spivey drove the baseline with 3 minutes, 32 seconds remaining. Lucas Barrett's 3-pointer from the top of the key provided the team's first and only lead at 54-53 with 1:28 left to play, but Tyler Hathaway's steal with 23.9 remaining sent the game into overtime when he was fouled going for a layup and made one of two free throws.

The Freddies moved ahead 60-56 on Curtis Ruhl's steal and layup, and Thomas Hinkle converted six of eight free throws during the final 45.4 to secure the win. Fredericktown improved to 10-12 and advanced to play either top-seeded Hartley in a district semifinal at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Ohio Expo Center. The Bulldogs finished 13-8.

Ruhl picked up a third foul early in the game but was on the floor when it mattered to add to his team's defensive pressure.

"That did help us. Having (Ruhl) on the floor really helps," Fredericktown coach Kirk Manns said. "It helps us from a defensive standpoint. It helps us from an offensive standpoint. It helps us from a confidence standpoint."

Hinkle finished with 31 points while Andrew Newell added 19 for the Freddies. Heath got 12 points from both Alex Van Dine and Barrett while Jacob Alley added 11 and Neil Gutmann 10.