KINGSPORT — A last-second shot by Zak Kitzmiller helped Tennessee High pull off an improbable comeback win at the Buck Van Huss Dome on Tuesday night.
Kitzmiller’s 3-pointer at the end of regulation propelled the Vikings to a hard-fought, 59-55 win against Dobyns-Bennett (18-6, 10-2) in overtime.
Trailing by as many as six points late in the fourth quarter, Tennessee High (17-10, 6-6) hit three 3-pointers to stay within striking distance of the Indians.
The Vikings finally grabbed the momentum when Caleb Easterling hit a 3-point shot with less than a minute to go in the game to cut his team’s deficit to three, 48-45.
Late in the contest, Indians sophomore Makale Foreman had a chance to seal a D-B victory at the free throw line. He missed his first shot, however, and the Vikings grabbed the rebound and moved the ball downcourt for Kitzmiller’s tying score.
“To take that shot and to be able to make that shot says a lot about Zak and his toughness,” said Vikings coach Roby Witcher.
In the overtime period, the Indians went cold from the floor. The Tribe suffered an even greater setback when leading scorer Connor Mitchell picked up his fifth foul of the evening.
Junior Chase Branscomb sealed the victory in OT with a 6-for-6 performance from the charity stripe. Branscomb and Adam Mitchell led the team with 14 points each.
In the girls’ game, Ashlee Mitchell’s 22-point performance helped the Lady Vikings secure a 63-47 victory over D-B.
The victory sealed the second seed for the Lady Vikings in the upcoming district tournament.
For complete coverage of the games see the Feb. 6 edition of the Times-News.