Sylvester's three-point play in overtime carries Tribe past 'Blazers

Dave Ongie • Jan 13, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Jordan Gray’s 3-point shot didn’t miss by more than an inch, but it was enough to change the course of Tuesday night’s Big 9 Conference boys basketball clash between Daniel Boone and Dobyns-Bennett.

The ensuing rebound was grabbed by the Indians, fueling a fast break that ended with Justin Sylvester making a layup, picking up a foul and converting a three-point play with 1:39 left in overtime.

The six-point swing gave the Tribe a 69-67 lead and ultimately led to a 75-69 overtime victory over the Trailblazers.

D-B made just enough plays down the stretch to secure the win despite the absence of coach Charlie Morgan, who missed the game because of a family emergency.

“We didn’t play with much intensity,” D-B assistant Eddie Durham said. “We got killed on the boards — rebounding is one part of basketball that’s more effort than skill.

“We just didn’t play as hard as we needed to.”

Todd Halvorsen provided the dagger by hitting a 3-pointer from the corner with 46 seconds left in the extra frame. Dustin McConnell hit three foul shots in the final seconds to seal the deal.

“I haven’t shot well all year,” said Halvorsen, who drilled five 3s and led D-B with 19 points. “I haven’t had anything fall all year but now it’s coming alive.”

It was a Halvorsen 3-pointer with 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter that gave the Indians a two-point lead and put them on the verge of winning in regulation.

But Cody Connell hit a running layup with seven seconds left to tie the contest and force OT. Nick Jones scored four points early in the extra period to stake Boone to a lead before Sylvester’s game-changing play.

For the Trailblazers, Tuesday’s result was another in a long line of heartbreaking losses in league play.

“It was a superb effort,” Boone coach Ryan Arnold said. “It’s because of what (the players) are doing in practice — things will change for us because they’re working hard.”

Jones led the way for the Trailblazers (7-11, 1-7) with 25 points while Connell added 17 and Thomas Karczmarczyk added 10.

Jordan Edwards had 18 points for D-B (12-5, 5-2) while Sylvester and Ashlon Adams added 13 each.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Indians jumped out to a 15-0 lead early before the Lady Trailblazers fought back.

Boone got within 10 points in the third quarter before D-B pulled finally pulled away late in the fourth for a 60-43 victory.

“I thought Boone shot it well — they’ve really improved,” D-B coach Roger France said. “I thought we played well in spurts, but we didn’t have that intensity we’ve had.”

Blaine Frohlich led all scorers with 22 points to pace the Tribe (12-5, 7-1) while Courtney Baskett scored 16 to lead Boone (4-15, 1-7), which looked rejuvenated after a team meeting Monday.

“I was happy with the effort,” Boone coach Tim Campbell said. “We’ve refocused and that was the best effort we’ve given all year long.”

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