Luke Eddy found a cutting Dominik King for a layup in overtime Wednesday evening and George Washington never trailed again, settling for a 53-48 boys basketball victory over Parkersburg South at the Civic Center.
GW (15-4), ranked No. 10 in Class AAA, scored the first seven points of OT against No. 5 South (16-4), which is also nicknamed the Patriots.
After King's layup, South turned the ball over with 2:32 left and GW whittled the time down to 49 seconds before Eddy was fouled. He made one free throw for a 49-46 lead and South's Wes Mitchem barely missed a 3-pointer at the other end.
GW's Chris Kay sank four clutch free throws in the final 22 seconds to bump the lead to 53-46.
"I think this has been a team where it seems like we do some of the silliest things,'' said GW coach Rick Greene, "but then coming down the stretch today we made some pretty good decisions.
"We've talked all year about 'Luke, Luke, Luke,' but tonight some of our other kids really made some plays. Now, no one got 25, but a couple of times kids made some nice passes and nice plays to help us score a little bit.''
Eddy paced GW with 16 points, and Austin Breeden (13) and King (10) also hit double figures in points. Mitchem led South with 17 points and Tyler Bolen added 10.
"We had our chances,'' said South coach Mike Fallon. "I'm proud of my kids because we had a hard-fought game last night and we came down and played, and they played their butts off. We got down six or seven and we could have kind of packed it in, but we fought back and gave ourselves chances. If we make our layups in that game, I think we win big. It's just one of those things. We didn't finish close - we just didn't.''
South's Bolen made the front end of a 1-and-1 with 2:29 left in regulation to tie it at 46, and GW held for about 45 seconds before Eddy missed a jumper. South then milked the last minute off the clock before a cutting Logan Cox couldn't get a shot to drop under the basket in the final seconds.
"When we held the ball [in OT], we weren't just holding it,'' Greene said. "We were waiting for something. We felt like we couldn't get into South's kids and attack them because they're so big and strong - and our kids weren't forcing it. So they forced us into is as much as we couldn't attack them. But still you've got Luke out there and he would go get it when it got a little shaky [holding the ball].''
Also for the Class AAA No. 1 Black Eagles, Rashaud Kincaid and Tre Clark had 12 points each and Devyn Harris and Trevond Reese scored 11 points apiece. For the Timberwolves (6-14), Greg Herbert tallied 19 points and Austin Keyser 17. Leading scorer Jacob Kilgore didn't play because of an injury.
For Fayetteville (5-14), Zach Semple scored 17 points.
For visiting Independence (4-14), Shane Greco led the team with 10 points.
John Bellomy led the Generals with 18 points. For Logan (6-12), A.J. Reynolds had 14 points.
Austin Lyons added a dozen points for the Raiders, who trailed 37-34 after three quarters. For the Indians (7-13), Zach Null had 22 points and Trent Stowers 10. Null missed a corner jumper at the final buzzer off an inbound pass with 2.1 seconds left.