PRATTVILLE JAYVEES NIP WETUMPKA, 65-64
January 24, 2013By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
LAVAIL WINTER TURNAROUND JUMP SHOT SINK INDIANS
Lavail Winters hit a turnaround jump shot with .09 seconds left in overtime to give the Prattville Jayvees' basketball team a exciting 65-64 win over the visiting Wetumpka Indians Jayvees Tuesday night, January 22 at Powell Gymnasium.
The epic battle came down to the final minutes of play in overtime. Neither team could get a large lead during regulation play.
Prattville held a 52-50 lead with three minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
Winter hit a bucket, followed by Caylon Watson and another basket from Winter giving the Lions a 58-50 lead with 2:13 left.
It didn’t faze the Indians as Antonio Cotton and Jay McDonald took advantage of four Lion turnovers to knot the game, 58-58, with 45.6 ticks left sending it to overtime.
Watson gave the Lions a quick two point lead in the first thirty seconds of overtime. Derek Gappa sank two free throws with 2:30 left in the overtime period, seconds later Mike Wise added one free throw stretching the lead to 63-58.
The Indians wouldn't go away as Jaleel Bowman hit two free throws, and Michal Bozeman added one, cutting the Lion lead to 63-61.
Wetumpka got a turnover on the toss in and Cotton grabbed the loose ball and hit an easy bucket under the net to knot the game at 63-63 with 1:18 left.
Wetumpka grabbed another loose ball at the Lions’ end with Jay McDaniel picking up two free throws from a foul. McDonald hit the front end, but missed the bottom giving the Indians a 64-63 lead.
Prattville raced down court with Winter getting the ball in the paint and flipping the turnaround jumper with .09 seconds left on the clock for the win.
Derek Gappa led the Lions scoring parade with16 points, followed by C. J. Coleman with 11-points and Lavail Winter with 10 points.
Kelston Washington led the Indians with 10 points, followed by Tyler Chance and Jaleel Bowman both with eight points and Michael Bozeman with seven points.