Being in the right place at the right time worked Tuesday, but Summit boys basketball coach Jim Fey is far from satisfied despite his team’s 50-48 District 11-AAA overtime win at Franklin.
Sophomore Triston Conger came up with a deflected ball on the move toward the hoop and scored a layup as time expired to give the Spartans their second overtime win against the Rebels this season and move within a half game of district-leading Brentwood with just handful of games to play.
“Stick with the play and finish the layup,” said Conger, describing his thought process in the game’s deciding play.
The sophomore held the ball near midcourt and said he was expecting a ball screen near the top of the key that never came, so he dished to Keaten Wade. Wade made a move at the elbow, but had the ball knocked loose where it was snatched up by Conger for the lay-in.
“It caught me off guard,” said Conger, who scored all six of his points in the fourth and overtime. “I was expecting to win the game. Not like that, but we pulled it out.”
Fey, the longtime area coach who took over the Spartans program this season, didn’t mince words with how he felt his team performed despite the win.
“I thought we played like 10 pounds of crap in a five-pound bag,” Fey said. “That being said, we had some things go against us. We didn't make shots, we didn't make free throws and we didn't make other plays defensively … but here's the thing, these kids never got down. They never quit.”
Franklin built a 45-40 lead after an Aidan Smylie free throw with 1:32 left in regulation. After the Rebels missed a free throw in the bonus, Destin Wade tracked down a long rebound and tossed to twin brother Keaten, who drove the lane for the and-1. He missed the free throw, but Summit was within 45-43 with 35.9 to play.
With 33 seconds left, Franklin missed another 1-and-1 situation and Tre Carlton pushed the tempo on the rebound to feed Keaten Wade for the game-tying layup with just 23 seconds remaining. The Rebels held for the last shot, but the Spartans Tre Hunter poked the ball loose and his half-court buzzer-beater was off the mark to force OT.
“We didn’t value the basketball in the end,” Franklin coach Jason Tigert said. “We ended up with a late charge, we missed a couple front ends of the 1-and-1 and those are the plays you gotta make to seal games. We didn’t do that tonight, but we have a couple more practices and couple more games to get those things corrected to be playing at our maximum level come the district tournament.”
Keaten Wade closed with 17 points to lead Summit, while Carlton had a dozen. Smylie scored 16 and both Reed Kemp and Matt Thurman added 12.
Kemp opened the overtime by following his own miss on the Rebels’ opening possession. After forcing a turnover at the other end, Kemp was whistled for an offensive foul – his fifth – and had to exit.
Summit controlled the tempo without Kemp on the floor and also snagged several big offensive rebounds. Caleb Jolley stepped into a huge 3-pointer with 1:22 left in overtime to give Summit a 48-47 edge.
Smylie tacked on another free throw with 1:04 to play to tie the game. The Spartans drained the clock to set up Conger’s game-winner.
Tigert said he told his kids to remember the loss and “reflect on it.”
“You can really learn a lot if you’re honest with yourself and can take ownership for some of those plays that weren’t made,” he said.
The Rebels played in their third consecutive overtime contest. They also fell 55-50 at Summit in overtime on Jan. 7.
“It’s just two teams that are evenly-matched,” Tigert said of the matchup. “Now with this being our third overtime game in a row and second against (Summit), it just shows you what this league’s about and the parody showcased here.”
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Franklin sits at 16-9 overall and 7-7 in district. The Rebels host Dickson County Friday before closing the regular season at Spring Hill next week.
Summit (16-5, 11-3) next hosts Page Friday and travels to Dickson County next week. The Spartans need to win out and get some help from a Brentwood setback over the Bruins final three games to overtake the league-leaders for the district title.
“We want that No. 1 seed,” Conger said. “We can only do that by knocking off tough teams.”
Summit boys 50, Franklin 48, OT
SHS – 13 7 14 11 5 – 50
FHS – 13 9 13 10 3 – 48
SHS (50) – Tre Carlton 12, Destin Wade 5, Keaten Wade 17, Caleb Jolley 8, Tre Hunter 2, Triston Conger 6.
FHS (48) – Taylor Spierto 2, Reed Kemp 12, Aidan Smylie 16, Connor Beavon 2, Matt Thurman 12, Mason Jones 4.
3-pointers – SHS 4 (Carlton 2, Jolley 2); FHS 4 (Kemp 2, Smylie, Thurman). Total Fouls – SHS 14; FHS 15. Fouled Out – Kemp.