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Griffin Defeats Lamar County 50-49 In Overtime

December 25, 2011
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Bears Defeats Trojans In Overtime 50-49


BARNESVILLE, Ga. — Turnabout was fair play for the Griffin High boys basketball team Wednesday evening, as the Bears beat the Lamar County Trojans 50-49 in an overtime thriller on the opening day of the Lamar County Christmas Tournament.

The Bears, 4-5 overall, got a measure of revenge on the Cecil Spear-coached Trojans, who defeated Griffin High 54-53 in overtime at The House in the Bears’ home opener Nov. 29.

“It was an unbelievable game,” said Bears assistant coach Kemo Spear.

It definitely was a tight game, for sure — Lamar led 9-4 at the end of the first quarter and the game was tied at 23 at halftime. The Trojans took a 39-34 lead into the fourth quarter while the final stanza was nip-and-tuck, with neither team getting more than a five-point lead. Lamar (3-5) led 47-45 with over 10 seconds remaining when Bears guard J.R. Ellis turned the ball over. Griffin fouled one of the Lamar players with 6.5 seconds left in regulation and he went to the free throw line to shoot one plus the bonus.

The Lamar player made the first free throw, but he missed the second to make the score 48-45 as Griffin called a timeout with five seconds left. Bears guard Jaquez Parks pushed the ball up the court and passed it to teammate J.T. Williams, who pump-faked and sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 48 and force overtime.

Scoring was at a minimum in the overtime period, as the Bears only got a driving layup from Parks in the extra period. But Lamar only managed one free throw in overtime and that allowed the Bears escaped with the 50-49 victory. Williams, Ellis, Terrell Collier and Nhigel Phillips scored 8 points each for Griffin. Trey Willis snagged 9 rebounds and had 3 steals for the Bears, who face Mary Persons in the tournament’s final game today at 8:30 p.m.

Read more: Griffin Daily News - Bears start Lamar tourney with OT win

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