The missed shot at the buzzer – the ball hit off the rim – finally ended a wild game as Josey beat Butler, 62-60, in overtime Friday night.
The Eagles’ Darius Williams scored 21 points in the win. He also made a big steal late in overtime, then dribbled precious seconds off the clock before he got fouled and hit one free throw. Though he missed the second attempt, the Bulldogs’ Ronald Jones just missed the last shot.
Earlier, Williams led his team’s 13-5 sprint at the start, hitting a 3-pointer as he scored seven points in the opening period.
Butler wasn’t down for long, with Sam Brown clogging up the middle and getting blocks and guard Don Coleman warming up in the second after a poor start to his shooting. Coleman had 18 in the game.
The teams were close the entire way, with each exchanging one big play for another. Williams’ was the biggest in the fourth, however, when he spun and passed the ball to Charlee Greene, who tied the game at 52 late in the fourth quarter to send it to overtime.
In the girls game, Josey went with a man-to-man defense to control Butler’s offense in a 41-33, turnover-marred game.
Down 19-13 at the half, the Lady Eagles used defense to frustrate Butler into countless possessions that ended without a shot.
Also, though both teams struggled with turnovers as passes flew past outstretched arms, Josey was slightly better at keeping the ball.
That allowed the Lady Eagles to get the ball inside, as LaPorscha Wells scored 10 of her 13 points after halftime.
“We played man-to-man defense. We were in desperate need of getting ahead and winning,” Josey coach Ann Jennings said.