Southside deliberately didn’t hit a 3-point shot in Saturday night’s boys basketball game against scrappy Delta.
Mission accomplished. That’s exactly what the coach ordered.
“That limited a lot of possessions Delta would have,” said coach Jeff Howard.
That certainly helped the Rebels limit the Eagles offense in a 49-39 overtime victory.
“It brought a lot of pressure,” said South’s Terrance Johnson, who had game-highs of 15 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. “We were trying to break down their defense and get one-and-one matchups. We got them.”
The Rebels scored the large majority of their field goals from less than 10 feet. They also held the ball for long stretches of time.
Delta put up only three field-goal attempts in the third quarter, while scoring just two points. The Rebels held the ball for the final two minutes and took a 30-23 lead into the fourth quarter.
Delta scrapped back with seven points by Corbin Gregory and four by Klay Fullenkamp, who made a layup with less than a second left after winning a scrum following a blocked shot by Johnson.
Fullenkamp led the Eagles (1-2) with 13 points and seven rebounds. Gregory scored nine points and Landon Sullivan eight.
The Rebels pulled away with a 10-0 scoring advantage in overtime against a tired Eagles team that was forced into a pressure-packed battle on Friday night in a win over Cowan.
“It feels good to pull through,” Johnson said about South’s first win in three games. “I think it’s going to carry us to more victories.”
Shemar Isom made seven free throws in the fourth quarter and overtime for South. He had nine points. Donnell Lee added six points and six rebounds and De’Aundrey Twilley six points and five rebounds.
South enjoyed a 29-21 advantage in rebounds.
Delta coach Stan Daugherty praised the effort of both teams.
“We played hard all night long, but we weren’t very consistent late,” he said. “They do a good job with their pressure.”
He wanted an attempt at a 3 to end the game, knowing that his team was tired. “It was just a hustle play,” he said about the overtime-forcing shot by Fullenkamp. “I liked our effort.”
Howard was pleased with his team’s effort for much of the game, but especially in overtime. “They kind of came back to the bench with their heads down,” Johnson said. “We had suspected at some point that their legs would have to go if we kept up the pressure.”