Southside overcame an explosive game by Winchester’s top player and came out ahead in overtime Tuesday. The Rebels gained their first win of the boys basketball season with a 68-66 triumph at home.
“It helps us going forward,” Southside coach Jeff Howard said of surviving in a pressure situation. “We didn’t play well in the second half against Muncie Central or the second half against Broad Ripple. Today, we played well in all four quarters and overtime.
“We made mistakes, but the difference was we played through (bad) plays and went on to the next play.”
Southside took possession of the ball with 15 seconds left in overtime and the score tied 66-66. Howard called for a double pick on the baseline, but Winchester overplayed it.
That forced guard Shemar Isom to dribble the ball into an open spot in the lane. Winchester’s defense rotated away from Southside’s Donnell Lee to cut off Isom, and Isom dumped the ball to Lee. Lee scored the easy basket with 2.1 seconds left in the game to put the Rebels on top 68-66.
Winchester’s Kiante Enis got off a half-court shot that missed at the buzzer.
“Isom had the smarts to pass the ball off,” Howard said. “We kind of messed up the play on the baseline.”
Howard liked the way his team defended against Enis late in the game. The Winchester sophomore scored 32 points, but the Rebels allowed him to tally just one field goal in the fourth quarter and none in the overtime.
“We had to run people at him,” Howard said. “Darcell Hunt stayed on him most of the game. He wanted him. I tried to switch him off on one possession, and he said, ‘I want him.’ But he’s just a handful for anybody.”
Isom led the Rebels in scoring with 18 points, Lee had 16, Jai’Rese Simpson 13 and Hunt 10. Simpson had a double-double by grabbing 10 rebounds.
Winchester likely lamented its inability to hit crucial free throws in the overtime. Enis missed two with the Golden Falcons trailing by one point with 44 seconds left in overtime. Elias Gates made only one of two with 15 seconds to play.
* Yorktown 57, Alexandria 49: Yorktown earned its first win of the season by taking down Alexandria with the help of a 20-for-24 performance at the free throw line. Riley Miller scored 21, including a trio of 3-point baskets. Caleb Morey, Jacob Preston and Riley Neal all also scored in double figures for the Tigers (1-1)
* South Adams 84, Burris 47: The Owls fell in their opener keyed by a 22-9 run in the first quarter by South Adams. David Baker led Burris (0-1) with 15 points and Tyce Rogers scored 11.
“We had good intensity, however, we just lacked on execution,” Owls coach Matt Jones said. “We had a lot of trouble executing our plays.
“Their size kind of also hurt us.”
Jones added South Adams did a good job of taking advantage of Owls mistakes.
* Heritage Hall 60, Colonial Christian 47: Heritage Hall improved to 2-0 by beating Colonial Christian. Drew Bond led the Patriots with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Alex Williams and Garrett Prewitt scored 12 and 11, respectively.