Etowah boys beat Glencoe 50-49 in overtime
Tue. January 22, 2013 at 11:05 p.m. | By J.J. Hicks Staff Writer
Glencoe’s Scott Bradley shoots in front of the defense of Etowah’s Chris Steele during Tuesday night’s game. (Photo by Marc Golden | Gadsden Times)
GLENCOE — Etowah boys basketball coach James Graves called it “a tough shot, a good shot.” That might be putting it lightly.
Dominick Pinson hit a runner with nine-tenths of a second remaining in overtime to give the Blue Devils a breathtaking 50-49 comeback win over Glencoe on Tuesday.
Etowah (12-8) trailed for most of the second half before rallying to lead late 40-36. The Yellow Jackets (14-8) got four free throws to force an extra quarter. In the overtime, Glencoe jumped out to a 45-40 lead before the Blue Devils again came back to get the win.
“Defensively, I though we played a lot better in the second half,” Graves said. “We had to deal with No. 52 (Scott Bradley), he’s hard to deal with but we did better in the second half.”
Bradley was the Yellow Jackets’ leading scorer with 15 points. But he missed five consecutive free throws late in overtime to allow Etowah a chance, which they took.
Glencoe led 33-28 after three quarters. The Blue Devils slowly sliced the lead down until a 3-pointer by Dequan Davis put them up 38-36 with 3:46 left in regulation. The lead was the first for Etowah since the second quarter. Pinson scored to push it to a four-point game.
Austin Hancock and Anthony Morris each hit a pair of free throws late in the fourth to tie the game at 40. Neither team could score in the final 1:51 of the fourth quarter.
A bucket by Dillon Tidmore and a three by Morris quickly gave the Yellow Jackets a five-point cushion in the extra quarter. The Blue Devils regained the lead on a basket by Darius Bush with 1:25 left. Bradley countered with a basket with 1:04 left to put Glencoe back on top, but he could not convert on the three-point play attempt.
After Pinson’s shot, a desperation shot by Brock Little was off the mark to give the Blue Devils the hard-fought victory.
The two teams exchanged the lead several times in the first quarter, with Glencoe holding a 10-9 edge heading into the second.
The Yellow Jackets went up by as many as six, 17-11, in the second before Etowah rallied to take a late 22-21 lead. Bradley scored with :06 left to give Glencoe a 23-22 halftime lead.
The third quarter saw each team struggle to score for much of the period. Each team managed just two points in the first 5:00 of the quarter. The Yellow Jackets got hot enough after that to take a five-point advantage into the fourth.
Bush’s 13 points were tops for the Blue Devils. Tevin Peterson scored eight points.
Little poured in eight points for Glencoe. Morris tallied seven points.