Bulldogs topple Wolfpack in OT

Greenbrier's Connor Sigrist has the ball stripped by Harlem's Dylan Farmer (left) as Devin Frails also defends. The Bulldogs blew an early lead, but knocked off the Wolfpack in overtime.



When Dylan Farmer saw Greenbrier take a lead late in overtime in a game his Harlem squad had led throughout, he knew someone had to step up.

So the junior tied it up with a three-point play. Then, he stole a pass and scored in transition.

Finally, he iced the Bulldogs’ 64-59 season-opening victory over the Wolfpack with three late free throws.

“You just gotta keep playing,” said Farmer, who had eight of his game-high 21 points in the final minute of overtime. “That’s all I can say.”

Harlem (1-0) came into the 2011-12 season on the heels of a 5-20 campaign, while Greenbrier (0-1) was 19-11 a year ago and made the state playoffs.

However, the impressive performance of freshman point guard Reggie Reid, who scored 20, and Farmer’s late-game heroics helped the Class AAA Bulldogs past their Class AAAA Columbia County counterpart.

Harlem ran out to an early lead, then extended it to 37-29 at the half.

Greenbrier methodically cut into the lead in the second half, finally tying the contest on a Delano Hulse free throw with 1:27 left in the fourth quarter.

It was the final point of regulation, as Thomas Brown’s lay-in attempt for the Wolfpack at the buzzer rolled on the rim, but fell off.

Greenbrier took its first lead since scoring the first basket of the game with a little more than a minute to go in overtime. Brown made a free throw, then alertly got the rebound on his subsequent missed free throw and scored on a lay-up.

Down three, Harlem stormed back with Farmer’s eight-point surge.

Harlem’s Alonzo Hill (17 points) and Greenbrier’s Brown (14 points) fouled out in a game that featured loads of fouls and 63 free throws.

Greenbrier was hurt by its free-throw shooting, going 14-for-34.

In the girls game, Greenbrier used a dominant first quarter and a strong closing kick to earn a 45-24 win over Harlem.

Wolfpack first-year head coach Stefanie Basinger said her team, which has no seniors, struggled in the preseason with boxing out.

She put a focus on it for the opener, and it showed; Greenbrier (1-0) controlled the glass and scored on numerous put-backs.

KaRa Thompson had a game-high 12 points for Greenbrier, which led 17-3 after one quarter.

Christina Rentas had 10 for Harlem (0-1).




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