NICKELSVILLE — With one flick of Jared Finch’s wrist, all of Twin Springs’ second-half miscues were washed away.
Costly turnovers, poor shot selection and missed free throws seemed destined to sink the Titans on Tuesday night, but Finch salvaged a broken play by pulling the ball out of a scrum near the top of the key with time running out in overtime.
The 6-foot-8 senior then calmly stepped back and released a fadeaway 3-pointer from the top of the key that found nothing but nylon as the buzzer sounded to give the Titans a 62-60 victory over Union.
“Coach drew a play up to set a screen for me to come up high,” Finch said. “Our point guard penetrated down and threw a pass. We were lucky to get it back, and I just stepped back and shot it.”
As a result, the Titans (7-0) remained perfect in the most imperfect way possible. After leading by 12 points with 5:07 to play in the fourth quarter, Union closed the period on a 13-1 run to force overtime.
Twin Springs hit just 3 of its final 13 attempts from the foul line, committed a total of 12 turnovers and forced several shots at inopportune times in the final minutes to leave the door open for Union.