Blast slips past Wave in overtime, 9-8

Bascome scores winner with half a second left in MISL finals rematch


December 07, 2003|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF

How could you expect anything less than overtime in a rematch of last season's Major Indoor Soccer League finals between the Blast and the Milwaukee Wave?

The teams played to a stalemate last night at 1st Mariner Arena until there was just half a second left in the first overtime period. That's when Blast forward David Bascome hauled off with his right foot and sent the ball blazing beneath the red crossbar for the 9-8 victory.

The win increases Baltimore's winning streak to six and improves its record to 8-3. Milwaukee drops to 7-2.

"When we were down 8-3, I thought we were getting embarrassed," Blast coach Tim Wittman said. "At that point, I really didn't care about the outcome as long as the players did their best. They needed to come together and they did. This was a big win for us tonight."

The Wave came to Baltimore last night with several goals in mind: to play with pride, keep the Blast from going on a scoring run and win.

But pride cuts both ways, and when the Blast fell behind 8-3 with 2:28 left in the third period, its pride kicked in.

"We all came to the bench and a couple players who usually don't say too much - Denison Cabral, Chile [Carlos] Farias, even Carlos Garcia, a rookie - started telling us to come together and get going," said Bascome. "It was like everyone was saying, `Let's get our pride back.' Fans don't want to come to a bad movie or a bad game."

As amazing as the four-goal performance of the Wave's Greg Howes had been in leading his team back from an early 2-0 deficit, the Blast was equally stunning in its comeback. Forward Chris Handsor scored his first hat trick of the season, including two goals in the fourth period, when the Blast came up with four goals to tie the game, 8-8.

It was Neil Gilbert's goal with 12 seconds left in the third period that started the comeback, and then Handsor scored 1:59 into the fourth.

After Bascome and Farias brought the Blast within 8-7, Handsor struck again to force overtime with 8:39 to go in regulation.

"We played a poor five minutes," said Wave acting head coach Steve Morris. "They pressed us and we didn't handle it very well. But, we had plenty of chances - in regulation and overtime. We just didn't get it done and the Blast did."

Despite missed opportunities, the Wave still seemed in control. In fact, Blast defenseman Dewan Bader held his head in frustration after Howes made it 7-3, and Bascome had the same reaction after Semire Mesanovic made it 8-3.

"You can't show the other team how you feel and I didn't want to show my teammates that, either," Bascome said. "I wanted us to be confident and fight back."

That's exactly what the Blast did.

Blast 2 1 1 4 1 - 9

Milwaukee 0 5 3 0 0 - 8

First quarter: 1. Blast, Tschantret (UA), 10:00; 2. Blast, Celenza (Farias), 11:18. Penalties: None.

Second quarter: 3. Milwaukee, Howes (Stewart),:40; 4. Milwaukee, Howes (UA), 6:15; 5. Blast, Handsor (Kelly), 11:24; 6. Milwaukee Howes (UA), 11:39; 7. Milwaukee, Oliviero (UA), 12:42; 8. Milwaukee, King (Fontana), 13:56. Penalties: Blast, Farias (misconduct) 12:42.

Third quarter: 9.Milwaukee, Reiniger (UA), 5:31; 10.Milwaukee, Howes (King), 10:47; 11. Milwaukee, Mesanovic (Oliviero) pp., 12:30; 12. Blast, Gilbert (Cabral), 14:48. Penalties: Blast, Cabral (Holding), 7:15; Blast, Bench (Too many men on the field), 9:38. Fourth quarter: 13.Blast, Handsor (Garcia), 1:59; 14. Blast, Bascome (Kelly), 5:33; 15. Farias (Hileman), 7:02; 16. Handsor (Celenza), 8:39. Penalties: Milwaukee, Oliviero (elbowing), 12:19; Blast, Celenza (elbowing), 12:19. Overtime: 17. Blast, Bascome (Kelly), power play, 14:59. Penalties: Blast, Daughtridge (tripping), 2:26; Blast, Bench (misconduct), 2:26; Milwaukee, King (elbowing), 14:06. Shots on goal: Milwaukee - 6-10-6-2-6- 30; Blast - 7-10-12-11-9- 49. Power-play opportunities: Milwaukee 1-for-3; Blast 1-for-1. Shootout opportunities: Milwaukee 1-for-3; Blast 1-for-1. Goalkeepers: Milwaukee, Green, 21 saves; Blast, Hileman, 5 saves. A-6,415

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