Southwest turns back Central in overtime
Once again, the High Point Central boys were right there. Once again, though, Southwest Guilford denied them.
After a back-and-forth end to regulation, the Cowboys, who at times struggled to find a rhythm throughout the game, controlled the overtime period to hang on for a 67-60 win Wednesday against the Bison at Southwest.
Terrell Leach scored 25 points and a made game-saving block in the final seconds of regulation while K.J. Langley had 11 points and D.J. Chamblee added a number of key plays down the stretch to lead Southwest (20-0, 9-0 Piedmont Triad 4A), which beat Central by one with no time remaining in the semifinals of the Sheetz tournament in late December.
“We feel great about the win,” Cowboys coach Guy Shavers said, “but we’re going to have to continue to mature if we’re going to do anything in the playoffs. We can’t get out of character. We’ve got to play them next week, and there’s a chance we could face them after that.
“We can’t take everything personally. We’ve played team ball all year, but we got out of kilter, all over the place. We’ve got to continue to do the things to be successful.”
Southwest led by as many as eight early in the fourth quarter and six twice midway through the quarter. But Central (10-11, 4-5 PTC) rallied with an 8-2 spurt to tie it on Jafari Quick’s putback with 53 seconds left. The Cowboys worked the clock under 10 seconds but lost the ball, leaving Central a wide-open look at a layup. But Leach soared in to make the block with 2.1 seconds left.
“I saw them running down and I just ran full speed,” said Leach, whose final heave at the buzzer missed. “I didn’t want to lose this game. I just want to go undefeated this year. ... Ben Ferguson and D.J. Chamblee stepped up and were scoring for us (in overtime), and I had a couple layups off assists by D.J. Chamblee. I think D.J. Chamblee deserves the game ball tonight.”
The Cowboys, who play Friday at home against East Forsyth on Senior Night, scored the first six points of overtime while the Bison were limited to just a layup until the final seconds. Germaine Pratt scored 19 points while Quick and Ahmad Langham each had 13 to lead High Point Central, which led 27-26 at halftime. It visits Glenn on Friday.