The Veterans Warhawks made a big time rally to force overtime & defeat the Tift Co Blue Devils 58-49 in OT at the Warhawks Nest Friday Night. The Warhawks trailed by as much as 13 points late in the 3rd quarter & were able to cut the deficit down to 10 by the start of the fourth.
Veterans was able to nibble away at the deficit & eventually they took the lead 47-46 with :51.5 left in regulation thanks to a Jaleel Wright steal that led to a Chandler Thomas two point go-ahead field goal.
Tift Co made their first free throw but missed their second with less than 10 seconds left & the Warhawks picked up the rock & it looked like Veterans made an errant pass but Tift Co was called for the foul that sent Chandler Thomas to the free throw line to shoot two shots with :04.3 left in regulation. Thomas made both free throws to tie the game at 49.
After a an errant Warhawks pass that led to a turnover that ran no time off the game clock; the Blue Devils had one last shot with :00.6 left but the shot was below the rim as regulation expired.
That would usher in overtime where the Warhawks would dominate the Blue Devils by shutting them out 9-0 in the extra frame that included a big time Aaron Jones block with less than two minutes left in the extra frame.
Veterans picked up the region victory 59-48 & improved to 10-3 overall; 3-0 in region play while Tift Co fell to 8-4 overall; 0-1 in region play.
The Warhawks were led in scoring by Chandler Thomas with 16 points while Tift Co was led in scoring by Will Clark with 10 points.
Elsewhere, the Demonettes of Warner Robins cruised to a dominating 68-33 region win over the Ola Lady Mustangs at the Weatherspoon Gymnasium on the campus of WRHS. Warner Robins used their size to their advantage & created multiple turnovers & turned them into points.
The game was tied at 6 early on until the Demonettes got on a 32-4 run to put them way ahead & stay there the remainder of the game.
Warner Robins improved to 14-1 overall; 6-0 in region play while Ola fell to 8-10 overall; 0-6 in region play.