One team was happy to hear the whistle.
That sound caused disbelief for the other.
Down three with 19 seconds to play, the Glenn Hills boys basketball team took advantage of a technical foul call and then another foul call by hitting four free throws in a 62-61 win Tuesday night at home against Laney.
“The guys stepped up in pressure situations,” Spartans coach Travis McRae said. “Two sophomores made big shots.”
Aubrey McRae first made his pair of free throws after Raheem Newton was given a technical.
The Wildcats still led 61-60 and were pushing Glenn Hills away from the basket when a controversial foul call put Santo Nina at the stripe with 2.5 seconds remaining.
Nina made both at the line and scored the winning points as Laney’s last-second heave was missed.
The game was close throughout, with Laney’s Jammie West putting in 14 of his 19 in the opening half to make it only 35-30 Glenn Hills. Eight Spartans scored in the first two quarters.
Shaquille Cook posted 10 of his 18 after the half for Laney, but Glenn Hills ultimately battled back despite going more than five minutes without a field goal to begin the third quarter.
“When you learn from losses they become lessons. When you understand lessons they become blessings,” Laney coach Jerry Hunter said.
In the girls game, the Lady Wildcats took hold of the game early, shooting their way to a 82-55 win. Laney was already in double figures by the time the Lady Spartans finally scored.
DeKoya Mack and Jermeka Gibson led the 3-point onslaught, with Laney knocking down a dozen 3s in the romp.
Mack was the main threat early, making five of her six long-range shots in the opening half when Laney took a 42-28 advantage.
Gibson was the bigger danger in the final two periods, scoring all four of her 3-pointers in the second half. She scored a game-best 23 points.
Though Tykeria Gibson had 14 points and had periodic success inside, the Lady Wildcats extended their lead into the 30s as 10 players scored.
“We played OK,” Laney coach Otis Smart said. “I appreciate the effort they gave tonight.”