Regulation time was not enough for Independence Monday night as overtime heroics were needed in the Eagles’ 97-96 triple-overtime victory at McGavock.
Deion Simms took the contest into extra time, sinking a 3-pointer with under 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to tie the game 68-68.The Eagles were trying to free Trenton Perry for the shot before Simms found himself open.
Perry, who leads Indy with 20 3-pointers on the season, was unavailable for the situation in the overtime, fouling out with 1:12 left in the period. Trailing 78-75, a missed shot with fewer than 10 seconds on the clock seemed to end Indy’s chances before Lucas Lutrell gathered the rebound, retreated to the 3-point line, and hit a fade-away shot to tie the game.
McGavock’s C.J. McEwen sent the game into its third overtime, making the second of two free throws to knot the contest at 87-87.
Jason Bender put the Raiders on top 89-87 early in the third overtime with a long-distance shot with his foot on the 3-point line before Indy’s Jarrett Croff made a short-range basket and made a subsequent free throw to put the Eagles up 91-89. It was Independence’s only field goal of the period, but was enough as the Eagles shot 6-of-9 from the foul line to clinch the win.
Cam Miller led Indy with 18 points before fouling out with 39 seconds remaining in the second overtime. Croff, a 6-foot-8 senior, added 17 points – 14 coming in the fourth quarter and beyond.
The Eagles led 32-16 late in the second quarter before McGavock went to a half-court trap defense, causing turnovers and tipped passes due to their active hands and long wingspans. McGavock took their first lead midway through the third quarter and stretched the advantage to 51-44 by the end of the period.
Independence’s girls team put on an impressive second-half performance in their 64-29 victory over the Lady Raiders.
Leading 23-17 at halftime, the Lady Eagles increased pressure on the defensive end, continually intercepting entry passes to the post and starting fast break opportunities.
Hannah Winters led the squad with 22 points while Gretchen Peterson and Laina Buche each added eight.