Bishop Verot junior guard Thaddeus Ward knocked down a key 3-pointer late in regulation and another important 3 in overtime to help push the Vikings to a 57-56 overtime victory over Live Oak Suwanee at the Wally Keller Classic on Saturday at Charlotte High.
Ward’s fourth 3-pointer of the game from the top of the key put the Vikings up 49-47 with 1:35 to play and senior big man Ricky Doyle knocked down a free throw with 4.9 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 50 and send the game to overtime.
Ward opened up the overtime scoring with another 3-pointer from the top of the key to give Verot an overtime lead it would never rescind.
Doyle and senior Jack Kavanagh each hit a short jumper in overtime to help seal the victory.
“That was a heck of a win for us,” Vikings coach Matt Herting said. “We had a bunch of chances to seal it and kept keeping them in the game. I’m glad we had the mental toughness to hang in there even after we had a couple of really bad breaks.”
Ward finished the game with 19 points for Verot (12-7) while Doyle, who has signed with Michigan, had 17 despite having four fouls during the final 12 minutes of play.
Junior Kevarrius Hayes, who is verbally committed to Florida, finished with a game-high 26 points.
“We did a lot better not turning the ball over and in the second half we did a lot better rebounding,” Herting said after pointing out that the Vikings allowed just seven offensive rebounds in the game’s final 20 minutes after allowing 17 in the first half. “We have some tough games coming up so winning a game like this is huge.”
MARINER 69, LAKE WALES 59
The Tritons just did not look like themselves on Saturday afternoon.
Their victory over Lake Wales was not atypical for Mariner (14-5), but the navy blue uniforms with orange numbers and silver trim that read “NTF” across the chest were.
Mariner did not have its black jerseys in time to play and was forced to borrow uniforms from Nike Team Florida, an AAU team that features Triton junior guard Rodney Hunter.
The strange threads did not hinder the Tritons’ play as they raced out to a 38-21 halftime lead and never looked back.
“I’d like to thank NTF for saving our butts on that,” Tritons coach James Harris said. “They happened to be here because Rodney plays for them.”
Hunter’s one-handed slam dunk off a missed layup gave Mariner a 61-48 lead with three minutes to play and sealed the Highlanders’ fate.
Senior Kaleb Darrett finished with 23 points for the Tritons while Hunter added 19 of his own.
Lake Wales (13-9) was able to cut the Triton advantage to 11 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter and were within eight with 4:50 to play but could not draw any closer.
Savonte Frazier had 20 points for the Highlanders.
“This was a good win for us,” Harris said. “Our schedule has been really tough the past couple weeks. We haven’t played at home in a month. Tuesday we are really excited to get to play (Golden Gate) at home.”
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