You had to be there.

Eleventh-ranked Central and Douglass engaged in a crowd-pleasing pro-style basketball game last night, combining for a total of 166 shots, 89 rebounds, 78 free throws and 35 turnovers. And after 32 minutes of regulation, the two Prince George's County foes were tied, 98-98.

But Steven Barber scored 11 of his 25 points in the overtime period as Central finally shook off the determined Eagles, 114-104, to remain unbeaten at Douglass.

"No way would I have imagined a score like this," said Central Coach Walter Fulton, whose team raised its record to 12-0, 8-0 in AB League play.

Fulton certainly didn't believe the 22-foot twisting three-point shot that Central's Larry Franklin (16 points) made with seven seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 98 and force overtime.

Douglass (9-3, 5-3) led by eight points once and Central managed a seven-point lead once, otherwise it was a close game throughout. Nine players scored in double figures and five fouled out.

It appeared the Eagles would get the last laugh and basket when Andre Stewart (22 points) and Lawrence Lannin (17) scored on back-to-back possessions, the latter basket coming with 30 seconds left to give Douglass a 98-95 lead.

After a Central miss, Robert Brice (16) had a chance to give Douglass a five-point advantage but missed two free throws with 16 seconds left before Franklin retied the game.

In overtime, Brice scored to make it 103-101, but Central scored 11 consecutive points, including a nice inside move by Phil Wood (29 points, 16 rebounds).