FALLING ROCK, W.Va. -- Much of the game resembled peach baskets and Dr. James Naismith. But down the stretch, it was SportsCenter highlight-reel stuff.
Herbert Hoover's Sam Schoolcraft corralled a loose ball and fed Joey Forbes for a layup at the buzzer Friday night to give the Huskies an improbable 46-45 overtime victory over No. 2 Poca, capping a wild senior night.
The Dots (15-4), ranked second in Class AA, led almost the entire way in the low-scoring game and held an eight-point lead with 74 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Hoover, however, forced OT after Cody Morris put on a late 3-point shooting show and Aaron Burdette nailed a pair of clutch free throws with 0.7 seconds remaining in regulation.
"This team has been in these situations before,'' said Morris, who led the Huskies with 23 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots. "Every game this season's been like this. Usually we find a way to lose, but tonight we came through and found a way to win.''
Morris knocked down three straight 3s with defenders draped all over him in the final 1:10 - the last one knotting the score at 38 with 28 seconds to go, prompting Poca coach Allen Osborne to hurl his clipboard to the floor in disgust.
But Hoover (13-7) committed an ill-advised foul moments later and Cameron Cottrill hit two free throws to put Poca back up 40-38 with 22 seconds left.
With the Dots defense swarming all over the 6-foot-6 Morris, Josh Blackwell was forced to drive the ball to the basket as time trickled down in the fourth quarter and missed a running shot. Burdette was fouled getting the rebound and went to the line for two shots with less than one second remaining.
Burdette was true on both attempts, even with a Poca timeout wedged in between his shots, leading to overtime.
In OT, a Matt Chandler driving basket gave the Dots a 45-42 edge in the closing stages, but Forbes answered with a low post move and Hoover cut the deficit back to one with 1:00 left.
Chandler was fouled with 40 seconds to go and missed both attempts, but the Huskies appeared to have nothing going on offense and coach Jeff Gandee called a hasty timeout with 8.1 seconds on the clock, trailing 45-44.
The ball was inbounded to Blackwell, who tried to get it into the hands of Morris at the top of the key. But in heavy traffic, the ball was knocked loose and sent bounding into the foul lane. Schoolcraft picked it up, darted to the basket and seemed ready to put up a shot. But at the last moment, he dropped it off to Forbes for an uncontested layup as time expired.
"I grabbed the ball and the lane just opened,'' Schoolcraft said. "I guess everybody went to their man and the lane opened, and I took it. There was just a little bit of time left and when I drove, both Joey's man and the other man who was in the lane dropped down on me, so I just dropped it off to Joey - a wide-open layup.
"There was too much adrenalin [to shoot it]. I knew I didn't want to . . . there's a better chance of me giving it off to Joey with no people on him and two people on me.''