Bison bounce Raiders in double OT
Add this one to the top of the list of Central-Andrews all-time greats.
The High Point Central boys basketball team held off T.W. Andrews to squeak out a 66-60 double-overtime win over its cross-town rival Friday night. Four Bison reached double figures, including Ahmad Langham’s team-high 16 points to give the Bison the win and the season sweep over the Red Raiders.
“This is a heck of a rivalry game, no one ever wants to lose this game. Both teams gave absolutely everything they had, and we were able to come out on top.” Bison head coach Patrick Battle said.
Down by two points in regulation, Central’s Michal Seals hit a 3-pointer to put the Bison up by one with 10.3 seconds remaining. Andrews responded by drawing a foul on the opposite end and freshman Bailey Willis hit one of two foul shots with a half of a second left on the clock to tie the game at 43 and send it into overtime.
In the first overtime period, Central fouled out two of its leading scorers in Juwan Foggie (14) and Jafari Quick (13), but was able to hang with the Red Raiders who scored on all but one of their overtime possessions. Down by three points, Seals hit another 3-pointer with eight seconds left to tie the game at 53, sending it to a second overtime.
“All of them want that shot, all of them feel that they have earned that shot. But no one has ever practiced that type of situation, but we were able to battle through it.” Battle said.
In a contest that featured over 50 fouls called and a combined 42 turnovers, neither team had complete control of the game.
“In the first half we didn’t play well at all. For whatever reason, it took us to the end of the game to get ourselves together and correct our mistakes. I’m proud of our guys, they kept playing hard.”
Thompson, who scored 16 points in the first meeting between the two teams was held scoreless until the second overtime period, but would hit two key three pointers to keep the Bison in the game.
“I just wanted to keep shooting and try to knock some down.” Thompson said.
Andrews was led by Bennie Butler with 18 points, Chris Eatmon with 15 and Jojo White with 10.
“I couldn’t believe it. We really hit the big shots when we needed them.” Foggie said. The Bison improve to 5-3 overall and sweep the season series against the Red Raiders, who swept them just one year ago.