Theron Curry hit a high-arcing three-point bank shot with 13 seconds left and made two free throws with two seconds remaining to help fourth-ranked South Lakes survive a final-quarter Madison flurry as the Seahawks defeated the Warhawks, 71-68, in a AAA Great Falls District game last night at Madison.
South Lakes (13-1, 5-0 in the district) led 65-54 after a drive by Joey Beard (14 points, 15 rebounds) with 3:20 remaining. But Madison's press forced five turnovers and three missed shots and the Warhawks clawed back into the game.
Baskets by Andre McCullough, Bart Lammersen and Kevin Wenk made it 65-60. Howard Hogan sank a free throw for a six-point lead with 1:37 left, but consecutive three-pointers by Wenk and Chris Hardy tied it with a minute to play.
Following a South Lakes timeout, Grant Lammersen stole a pass, and his layup with 45 seconds left gave the eighth-ranked Warhawks (11-2, 3-2) their first lead since the game's opening basket. The teams traded turnovers before Curry launched his rainbow jumper from the right side that found the mark for 69-68 lead.
"We'll take it," said South Lakes Coach Wendell Byrd. "We were down two and looking inside out, but the outside guys had the green light to shoot."
With nine seconds left, Quinn Harwood was called for a blocking foul and Wenk went to the line. But he missed the first shot in the one-and-one and the rebound went out of bounds off Madison.
The Warhawks fouled Hogan, who couldn't take advantage of the one-and-one with four seconds left. But Bart Lammersen called time when Madison had none left and Curry's two free throws sealed the win with two seconds left.
The game was sloppily played, but South Lakes dominated the backboards en route to a 40-29 halftime lead. The Seahawks outrebounded Madison, 27-13, in the first half; Beard alone had 10 in the first quarter. South Lakes also was hot from the foul line, making 17 of 20 first-half attempts.
Madison's rally was built on a scrappy defense and a much better effort on the boards. The Warhawks had a 24-14 edge in the second half.