POCA, W.Va. - Noah Frampton hit what might stand as the basket of his life Friday night, but one thing was missing: his father, Bryan.
"My dad couldn't come to the game today, because he's sick, so it's for my dad," he said.
"It" was a turnaround jumper from the foul-line elbow at the buzzer, coming off a perfect length-of-court pass from Matt Chandler. The sophomores completed the heave-catch-dribble-turn-shoot sequence in 1.5 seconds to give Class AA No. 1 Poca a 40-39 victory over No. 3 Scott before a near-capacity crowd in the Dots' gym.
The basket answered a jumper in the lane by Scott's Matt Dolan with the aforementioned 1.5 seconds left, and was the fourth time in the final three minutes the lead changed hands - and that doesn't count the additional chances each team had in that stretch.
That started with 3:36 left, when Adam Sigman hit the first of two free throws to give Poca a 36-35 lead. But he missed the second and Anthony Sigmon scored on a putback at the other end, giving the Skyhawks a 37-36 lead.
Then the fun really began.
Poca's Sigman was called for a charging foul, a call coach Allen Osborne didn't agree with, with 2:47 left. Scott missed but Chandler was called for walking while wrestling on the floor for the rebound. The 6-foot-5 Sigmon walked at the other end, an unforced error beyond the top of the key.
And on it went. Poca missed two straight putbacks, but stole a long press-breaking pass - and missed the next shot. After a Scott miss, Cam Cottrill drove to draw a shooting foul, then missed both free throws.
By then, the clock went under a minute and the Dots had fouls to give. After Cam Morrison committed one, Osborne called a timeout with 48.5 seconds left.
Scott had the ball, but quickly committed its 21st and final turnover, an illegal screen called before the inbound pass was even attempted.
The Dots milked a half-minute off the clock before Cottrill ventured into the lane and tried a shot. That missed, but Chandler got the rebound and put it in, giving the Dots a 38-37 lead. With 12.8 seconds left, the Dots called timeout.
Scott coach Nick Cabell, who hit his own game-winning bank shot for the Skyhawks in the same gym during the 2003-04 season, called timeout with 8.5 seconds left, after another Poca foul. Whatever he drew up worked, as Dolan split the defense to score the last two of his game-high 16 points.
The clock ran out, but Osborne had called a timeout when the ball went through. The official watching the clock immediately ordered 1.5 seconds to be put on the clock, and Osborne and Cabell resumed their chess match.