By Adam Gore/Special to the Journal
HICKORY FLAT – S.V. Marshall survived a furious rally in the final minutes of regulation of the Class 2A North state title game to defeat Baldwyn 64-61 in overtime on Saturday.
Baldwyn’s Bearcats (26-5) scored 12 points in the final one minute and fifty two seconds of the final quarter to take a 57-55 lead on a 3-pointer from Tevin Lindsey with less than 20 ticks left on the clock.
“None of our kids are scared of big shots,” said Baldwyn coach Jason McKay. “It’s one thing to have someone to shoot when you are 20 ahead, but it’s another thing to have someone willing to shoot when it’s a close game. Tevin is that type of kid and that’s the sign of a winner.”
Marshall’s Tigers (26-5) kept their cool, however and forced the game into overtime when Tamerio Wilson drove the lane and connected on a layup with five seconds left in the game.
“We’ve never given up a lead like we did tonight, but that shows the tenacity and never-say-die attitude of Baldwyn,” said Marshall’s Antwayn Patrick. “We got down in those final seconds, but Tamerio never panicked and that’s why he’s been our go-to guy all season.”
Wilson took control of the game in overtime, scoring seven of the Tigers’ nine points, hitting on 5 of 6 free throws, to lead Marshall to the Class 2A North title.
“He’s a big-time player,” Patrick said of Wilson. “A lot of mid-majors have been looking at him and his play at the end of the game and overtime shows what type of special player he really is.”
Wilson scored a game-high 19 while Lindsey hit five three-pointers to pace the Bearcats with 17 in the loss.
“This group of kids are some of the most resilient kids I have ever coached,” said McKay. “They wouldn’t know the word ‘quit’ if I spelled it for them. This a game that if we play with the same type of heart and do a few things better, we have the opportunity to build on this loss.”
Duke Upshaw added 14, Dee Gates 13 and Ian Bruess chipped in 11, including two clutch 3-pointers in the Bearcats’ 25-point fourth quarter.