In Dobyns-Bennett’s District 1-AAA semifinal showdown with David Crockett Saturday, Makale Foreman hit an NBA-range 3-pointer in the waning milliseconds of regulation to lock it up at 71.
The Indians, who were coming off a 10-day layoff, went on to prevail in overtime for an 89-81 victory.
D-B will face Tennessee High in Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. championship game.
Foreman’s trey upstaged a 39-point performance by Pioneers guard Patrick Good, who accounted for all eight of Crockett’s buckets beyond the arc.
The heavily guarded Good stroked a deep 3 to cut it to 81-78 with a minute left in overtime, but by then he was firing on fumes. His final two field goal attempts weren’t even close.
Pioneers coach John Good admitted that his entire team’s mood went “from elation to deflation” on Foreman’s buzzer-beater. The coach said he was vexed by his own failure to direct his players to foul Foreman and send him to the free throw line.
He wasn’t the only coach at Viking Hall second-guessing himself.
In the nightcap between Tennessee High and Science Hill, the Vikings’ Caleb Easterling tied it at 46 with his 30-footer with 3.5 seconds showing in regulation. Tennessee High went on to win in OT, 52-51.
Foreman’s pivotal trifecta might have been touched by luck — it was his only 3 of the night — but he otherwise pulled his weight with a 25-point performance for D-B.
Tyleke Love paced the Tribe (19-8), scoring 26 points before he picked up his fifth foul with 8.7 seconds remaining in regulation.
The adrenaline from the comeback shot helped offset the loss of Love. The defensive energy expended on Patrick Good also bore late fruit.
John Fulkerson and Paul Gadson added 11 points apiece for the Tribe, and both post players loomed large on the boards. Fulkerson scored seven of his points in overtime.
Dustin Day added 24 points for the Pioneers (21-12).
In the nightcap, Adam Mitchell fired up 20 points to lead Tennessee High (24-6). Big Chase Branscomb added 14 points. Easterling, who hit both of the Vikings’ 3-point goals, finished with 10.
Calvin Songster scored 15 points to lead the Hilltoppers (20-11).
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