Bullis Boys 73, Georgetown Prep 70
Bullis junior forward Travis Lay said he felt just as exhausted as the last time he played in a triple-overtime game prior to the Bulldogs' 73-70 victory over Georgetown Prep last night in three extra sessions.
This time, however, he felt more rewarded. Even though Bullis won that marathon last season over National Christian Academy, this one forced the Bulldogs to erase a 15-point, third-quarter deficit and gave them their third Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship in the past four seasons over their biggest conference rival. Plus, Lay scored a career-high 28 points, which included making 18 of 22 free throw attempts and all eight in the overtime periods.
"In both games, you're just thinking, 'When is it going to end?' " Lay said. "You worry if you have enough guys left because everyone is fouling out and, of course, you're tired."
While maybe "everyone" didn't foul out, Georgetown Prep's two most influential players, 7-foot center Roy Hibbert and 6-9 forward Davis Nwankwo, were among the casualties -- Hibbert with nearly three minutes to go in regulation and Nwankwo less than two minutes later.
As mounting fouls in the second half forced both to the bench, Bullis was able to expose the remaining Little Hoyas' weakness on the boards. With both on the bench, the Bulldogs drove the lane more confidently, which resulted in baskets or trips to the free throw line where they shot 35 for 46.
"In the first half, we were more timid," Lay said, "but then we started attacking the basket, and that opened up everything for us."
Bullis did not lead until senior center Tighe Holden's bank shot with 23 seconds left in regulation put the Bulldogs up 50-49. After a stop, Brandon Chasen made one of two free throws to make it a two-point lead. But the Little Hoyas' Danny Glading made two free throws with three seconds left to force overtime.
The first overtime ended when Chasen stole the ball at midcourt -- after Bullis had missed a layup -- and fed Jerome Johnson for a dunk with three seconds left to tie it at 57.
Lay made two free throws to tie the score at 66 with 19 seconds left in the second overtime and Georgetown Prep missed a driving layup as time expired.
In the third overtime, Joe Blake made one of two free throws with 26 seconds left to break a tie at 70. Georgetown Prep missed a layup at the other end with three seconds to go and Lay made two more free throws to secure the victory.
Said Georgetown Prep Coach Dwayne Bryant: "It really came down to rebounding and hitting our foul shots in the fourth quarter. . . . It was very disappointing that we didn't finish it out."