LEE DEFEAT LIONS IN OVERTIME, 82-74
January 10, 2013By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
GENERALS SCORE 23-POINTS FROM FREE THROW LINE TO POST WIN
Robert E. Lee’s Rashaad Carter raced down the lane with 1:01 left Saturday night at Powell Gymnasium and dropped in an easy layup to give the Generals a 71-71 tie with the Prattville Lions.
Lee then forced a Lion turnover with Prattville’s Justin Coleman whistled for a walk. Lee’s coach Bryant Johnson took two time outs, one at 22.3 seconds, and the final one at 6.9 seconds left, to set up a play hopefully to win the game.
Prattville’s defense foiled the plot and sent the game into overtime.
It was all Generals in overtime. Prattville turned the ball over twice, (resulting in two buckets, one a trey) and was whistled for three fouls (resulting in six points from the charity stripe.) Lee won in overtime, 82-74, outscoring the Lions, 11-3. The only Lion points came on a Zack Darby trey as time was expiring.
It was a bitter defeat for the Prattville crew that was playing shorthanded with starter Kamryn Pettway in San Antonio, Texas for the High School football combine.
Still Prattville led majority of the game. Prattville led at the close of the first quarter as Ty Moore dropped in a layup and seconds later Coleman drained a trey with 30 seconds on the clock for a 13-9 lead.
Robert E. Lee fought back in the second period and slowly chipped away at the four point lead to win the second period and close the gap to 29-28 at halftime.
Midway of the third quarter Nick Robinson drove the base line to drop in a bucket giving Lee a 43-42 lead. Prattville regained the lead with 51 seconds left in the quarter with a bucket from Coleman, 46-45.
The Generals then won the final 44 seconds of the third quarter, 6-2 to lead 51-48 as the final period began, four of those points coming from the charity line.
Prattville wouldn’t go away as the final quarter began. After Jackie Banks gave Lee a 53-48 lead on the toss- in to begin the fourth period, Zack Darby heated up draining three straight treys and putting Prattville on top, 57-53.
Prattville increased the lead to five points with another trey, this time from Coleman and a 60-55 lead with 5:30 remaining.
With 3:26 left to play Ky Ward drove down the free throw lane and flipped in a 2-pointer for a 67-63 lead. From that point on the Lions were hit with two personal fouls that gave Lee two points with the clock stopped, trimming Prattville’s lead to two points with 2:18 left to play.
Lee outscored the Lions in the final two minutes 6-4 to knot the game and send it to the overtime, where the Lions felt the wrath of the officiating crew.
Prattville was whistled for 23 fouls during the game to 13 for the Generals. Robert E. Lee hit 23 of 30 free throws. Prattville only went to the line five times and made two.
Justin Coleman led the Lions’ scoring parade with 25-points, which included six treys. Zack Darby followed with 21- points, all coming on three-pointers, which Cody Smith tossed in eleven points.
Patrick Perry led the Generals with 23- points, followed by Rashaad Carter with 20- points and Ken’Darius Hamilton with 13- points.