LAWRENCEVILLE — Bay Creek Middle School hit three of its previous four free throws to take a 46-43 lead over Trickum Middle School with roughly 20 seconds left.
Trickum had enough time for a quick set, and it ended with the ball left the hands of David Dorbin from beyond the 3-point arch. He drained the bucket with 11 second left to tie the game 46-46.
Trickum pulled off the Eastern Division championship win in overtime, 54-51, to advance to the Gwinnett County Championship on Tuesday at Mountain View High School.
Bay Creek’s Tyson Delacy tipped in a shot that pulled the Rams within one point, 52-51, with 40 seconds left in overtime. Trickum hit 1-of-2 from the free throw line, but reeled in an offensive rebound and hit 1-of-2 again to take a three-point lead.
The Rams regained possession with 11 seconds left, but couldn’t find a clean look at the basket to force double-overtime.
The win was the most recent example of the Tigers (14-2) fight back after falling behind and rallying back, coach Tim Yates said. Trickum, the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Division tournament, had to beat No. 2 Grace Snell on its last possession in Tuesday night’s division semifinals.
“We kept our composure through all that,” Yates said. “We made our free throws, got those rebounds at the free throw line. … On offense we want to be disciplined, on defense we want to be intense and throughout the game we want to keep our composure.”
Trickum’s Gicarri Harris had 22 points to lead the Tigers. Chasz Holmes had 11 points for the Tigers and Samarion Bond added 12 points.
Bay Creek was led by Delacy’s 17 points and David Freeman tacked on 14 points, including three 3-pointers.
Trickum trailed 38-37 when Harris delivered a 3-point play with 4:35 left to give the Tigers a two-point lead. Trickum’s lead expanded to three points before Bay Creek rallied to tack a 43-42 lead. Freeman hit a mid-range bucket followed by a goaltend with 1:30 left. Delacy hit both his free throw attempts with 51 seconds left to give Bay Creek a two-point lead, and Freeman hit 1-of-2 to stretch the lead to three.
It wasn’t enough to protect the Rams from Dorbin’s clutch bucket.
“It’s just our composure, and — even when we’re down — being able to fight back and just keep on fighting and pushing through,” Dorbin said.