That’s one way to learn to play through adversity.
McQueen raced out to big leads, more than once, then gave them up, then recovered to beat Bishop Manogue, 72-69 in overtime Tuesday at McQueen.
Orlando Easter scored 19 points, Octavion Corley had 16 and Tavian Cheathon-Dayton added 13 as the Lancers improved to 4-1 in league.
McQueen led by 11, 65-54, with 2 minutes, 5 seconds left in regulation. But Manogue started hitting from outside, knocking down three 3-pointers, the last by Aidan Cantwell to tie the game at 65 with 10 seconds left.
The game was tied at 69 with 1:20 left in overtime. But when the Miners were called for an offensive foul with 33 seconds left, Cheathon-Dayton hit a basket, then a free throw to seal the win.
McQueen coach John Franklin said it’s all about getting better game by game and learning to deal with high pressure situations.
“Until the last game of the season, we like to improve every single time we touch the floor,” Franklin said. “We don’t have a marquee guy. It has to be all 13 guys or it’s nothing. … Everyone has to do their part for us to be successful.”
A large crowd was on hand to see two of the top teams in the north, and the volume grew with each basket.
Franklin said it was just a matter of time before the Miners started hitting shots.
“They’re a really good shooting team, we knew that coming in,” he said. “They hit them late and we had to struggle to win one in overtime.”
Cantwell finished with 25 points and Brevon Bansuelo added 14 as the Miners dropped to 3-1 in league.
“They got comfortable. We got going,” Manogue coach Ralph Fields said of his team at the end of regulation. “We put together about 3 minutes right there, of good quality execution. We got good shots. It wasn’t that we were missing before, we just weren’t getting good shots.”
The Miners seemed a little perplexed by the Lancers’ height early in the game, but they kept pounding the ball inside.
Manogue hosts Reno on Friday and McQueen is at Carson.
In other games Tuesday, Carson improved to 5-0 with a 50-41 win over North Valleys.
Spanish Springs beat Douglas, 69-63 as Marcus Loadholt scored 21 points and Josh Prizina had 14; Galena beat Reed, 50-39; Reno beat Wooster, 72-39 and Damonte Ranch beat Hug, 77-63.