"We tried to put some people along the halfcourt line, to take away a chance for a quick dribble and shot," Cabell said. "We put one guy back at the foul line to take away a deep pass to the foul line. [Frampton] just slipped in front of our defender, caught the pass, took the dribble and got just enough space to get a shot off."
"That was the first option," Chandler said of the heave to Frampton. "After they called that timeout, we thought they were going to double-team Noah on the baseline on the other side of the court. Coach said either throw it to somebody at halfcourt, or throw it down [to Frampton]. No one was guarding him, I threw the ball, probably one of the best passes I've ever made. As soon as it left my hand, I knew he was going to make the shot."
Frampton said of the pass: "It couldn't have been any better."
But the rest wasn't automatic. Frampton, who led the Dots with 13 points, had to take one dribble to get turned around and then had to loft a shot over that one defender - all before the buzzer sounded.
"The rule is you've got one dribble per second and we had one and a half seconds left," Osborne said. "He made a nice turn, nice catch, nice turn. The only thing I was concerned about is he was going to pass it. He got square to the basket, elevated, got off a nice shot. Had a hand in his face, so it was a tough shot."
The game was close most of the way.
Poca (10-1) had an 18-10 lead in the second quarter and a 35-28 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Scott (8-2) reeled the Dots in both times. The Skyhawks shot an even 50 percent, but took 12 fewer shots, the byproduct of those 21 turnovers.
The Dots took better care of the ball, only turning it over seven times. That helped them overcome 39 percent shooting and a 31-15 rebounding deficit.
"There were two good teams fighting it out," Osborne said. "It was a war."
One that came down to Frampton's final salvo.
"What was going through my head is I prayed before I shot the ball and I said, 'Lord, help me make this shot,' " he said. "And I made it, and that's for my dad."
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