Greenbrier High beat Lakeside Tuesday in an overtime thriller to earn its first Region 2-AAAA win in boys basketball.
In a mostly defensive game with five lead changes, the Wolfpack overcame a five point deficit in the fourth period to tie the game at 43 all and eventually win in overtime 47-43.
Down 35-40 with two minutes to go in the fourth, Greenbrier’s Zach Woo hit a 3-pointer, his third of the night, followed just seconds later with a Darius McAdoo layup on a fast break to tie the game.
Lakeside’s Chris Hall countered with a layup of his own with just 30 seconds of regulation left. Tim Brown added another point from the free-throw line at the 14.8 second mark.
Then Greenbrier forward Connor Sigrist hauled in a full-court pass behind the 3-point line and sunk the basket with less than 10 seconds to go to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, the score remained tied for the first three minutes. Then, Wolfpack big man Thomas Brown sunk a basket on an offensive rebound, giving Greenbrier the lead for good.
Delano Hulse capped the win on a layup from a ball he snagged after Tim Brown let it slip from his grasp.
“We’ve had some tough losses lately, including a tough region loss Friday, so I have been kind of hard on these guys,” Greenbrier Head Basketball Coach Casey Heckathorn said after the game. “Tonight, I told them to stay loose and have some fun.
“I bet they’re having fun right now in the locker room.”
Greenbrier improved to 7-8 overall and 1-1 in the region. Lakeside dropped to 9-8 overall and 0-2 in the region.
In the girls game, the Lady Wolfpack failed to snap a four-game losing streak in what became a tight ballgame after facing an 11-point deficit against Lakeside heading into the fourth period.
Play got sloppy in the fourth as Greenbrier (3-12, 0-2) tried to catch up and Lakeside (9-7, 2-0), worked to hold the lead.
Of the 26 overall points scored in the fourth – 16 from Greenbrier and 10 from Lakeside – 14 of them came from the free-throw line.
With under a 40 seconds left to play, the Lady Wolfpack closed the gap to four points, but then fouled themselves into the loss.
They sent Lady Panthers to the free-throw line three times. Though Lakeside players hit just 50 percent of those shots, it was enough to fend off the Greenbrier rally.