To its credit, Glenn Hills was able to convert 24 free throws for a 72-63 win over the Tigers in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs Tuesday.
"That was the longest fourth quarter I've ever been involved in," Glenn Hills coach Travis McRae said. "I'm just happy that our guys were about to knock them (free throws) down."
In the fourth quarter, the Spartans made 24 of 37 free throws to secure the win. The game saw nine lead changes, four by Stockbridge, and was tied five times. Stockbridge took its last lead at 6:07 in the fourth quarter when forward Donte Campbell converted a follow-up layup to give the Tigers a 39-37 lead.
The Spartans took the lead for good when Terrell Fitts made a layup to give them a 41-39 advantage with 5:38 remaining. Fitts was the Spartans' biggest offensive weapon during the final quarter. He finished the game with 23 points, including 19 in the final quarter.
Fitts converted 8 of 14 fourth-quarter free throws.
After building the lead up to 10 points, Stockbridge made another comeback attempt. Chris Davis made a four-point play as Stockbridge trailed 61-56 with 1:05 remaining.
"I told my guys that this would be a series of runs for both teams," McRae said. "We were able to keep our composure. Once we got that late lead, we never looked back."
Davis finished the game with 30 points, 18 in the fourth quarter. Campbell finished with 15 points and Adonis Durden had 16 points for the Tigers, who finished their season with a 18-12 record.
Glenn Hills will meet Bainbridge at Fort Valley State on Friday in the quarterfinals.
-- Clayton News Daily
BAINBRIDGE 68, EVANS 59
In Bainbridge, Ga., Devon Baulkman poured in a game-high 33 points Tuesday night to lead Bainbridge to a 68-59 victory over Evans in the Sweet 16 round of the Class AAAA tournament.
A layup and jumper by Justin Harris in the last minute of the quarter sent the Bearcats to the second quarter with a 13-9 lead.
Consecutive three-point jumpers by James Hudson and Harris, who was second in the Bearcats' scoring column with 12, at the beginning of the second quarter quickly moved the Bearcats' lead out to eight, at 19-8. The Knights outscored the Bearcats 9-6 the rest of the quarter to go to halftime with a 27-25 lead.
The turning point in the game came early in the third quarter with the Knights on top 37-30. The Bearcats went on a 9-0 run to take a 39-37 lead.
Bearcats head coach Rickey McCullough said the go-ahead third-quarter run was sparked by an effective Bearcats press after Shawn Samuels came into the game at the post.
The run began with Samuels hitting a layup off the right glass to cut the lead to 37-32 with 2:59 left in the third quarter. Harris' layup off the right glass at the 2:40 mark cut it to 37-34, then Baulkman's three-point jumper from beyond the head of the key with 2:26 left tied it 37-37.
The Bearcats were ahead 42-39 after three quarters and would hold on for the victory.
Tony Davis led the Knights with 23 points.
-- The (Bainbridge) Post Searchlight