by Matt LupicaCorrespondentAt this point of the season, we know this much is true about Tallmadge's boys basketball team: Sophomore Ed Householder has evolved into the Blue Devil's go-to guy in the clutch.Taking the team on his shoulders, his three-pointer with less than three seconds to go in overtime sank the rival Wadsworth Grizzlies 62-61 in front of a packed house in Tallmadge.Like many rivalry matchups, any time the Grizzlies and Blue Devils take the floor, you can throw out all the past results and records. "This was the last game of the first time versus all the Suburban League opponents," said head coach Jon Karnuth. "We needed to make a statement."After a back-and-forth first quarter, which saw the Grizzlies jump out on top 22-15, the Blue Devils fought back and trailed by one at the half. "I was really proud of our kids," said Karnuth. "They never gave up."With 12 seconds to go, the ball was turned over to Wadsworth, setting up an opportunity for the Grizzlies to win on the game's final possession. But the shot was missed.In the overtime, it was back and forth until the Blue Devils committed another turnover in the clutch, with the game tied at 59. Wadsworth promptly went down the court and scored, taking a 61-59 advantage. Looking to tie the contest, the Blue Devils had three opportunities to score a layup, but missed on all three. Karnuth called a time-out to refocus the team. "We missed those three easy baskets and I felt we needed to set something up," said Karnuth.With less than eight seconds to play, the ball was thrown in and Jonathon Lampley and Dusty Simcox set a double screen for Ed Householder. "Our first option was Ed, but if that wasn't going to work, the backup plan was to hit Lampley and go for the tie," said Karnuth. Householder calmly sank the 3-pointer to win it. "As a sophomore, it showed a lot of character to hit a shot like that," said Karnuth.The Grizzlies had set their defense up to play a triangle-and-2, but it never worked. Lampley scored 26 points and added 10 rebounds. Householder added 16 points.For the Blue Devils, they accomplished exactly what they set out to do, despite committing turnovers that could have doomed them. "We made a couple of bad turnovers, but we came back from those," said Karnuth. "This was a great momentum booster for our team."Tallmadge was scheduled to visit Green Friday. Results were not available at press time. The Blue Devils are set to host Suburban League rivals Cloverleaf Tuesday and Revere next Friday. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.E-mail: stowsports@recordpub.comPhone: 330-686-3914