Devin Hill drilled an 18-foot jumper with 1.7 seconds remaining, lifting Olympic to an exciting 84-82 double-overtime victory over Chester in the second contest of the Lindberg Moody Memorial Tournament at Northwestern High School.
Hill's jumper ended a back-and-forth affair that saw the lead change hands five times in both overtime periods.
Chester (4-4) trailed by one at the half, but suddenly found an offensive rhythm behind the one-two combination of center Donald Sims and forward Jamaarcus McClinton, who finished with 30 and 31 points, respectively.
Chester sent the game into overtime in dramatic fashion. Guard Gene McCaskill tossed a length-of-the-court pass to McClinton, who made a catch and banked home a short jumper.
Sims took over with four straight points in the paint, giving Chester a 74-70 lead in the first overtime.
However, Olympic guard Adam Hunt scored on the inside and then added a layup for another deadlock, 76-76, which remained the score after the first extra session.
Chester seized an 82-79 lead after Lee wrestled away an offensive rebound and powered in a layup.
Hunt, who led all scorers with 39, tied the score again by driving in the lane for a short jumper, while also being fouled with 29.2 seconds remaining. He connected on the free throw for the 82-82 deadlock.
Chester attempted to execute following a timeout, but turned the ball over at midcourt with 16.9 seconds remaining. The Trojans burned the clock down to 3.0, when Hill squared up and sank the winning jumper.
• SOUTH POINTE 70, LEWISVILLE 59 -- Stephon Gilmore returned to the South Pointe lineup in a huge way, leading the Stallions to a victory over Lewisville in the Lindberg Moody Tournament.
Gilmore, the South Pointe floor general, netted a game-high 23 points.
"He is getting back in a groove," after sitting out the previous three Stallion games with an ankle injury, South Point coach Dwayne Hartsoe said. "He really played well.
"And No. 23 (Tre Erby) has been consistent for us all year."
Erby connected on 9-of-14 free throw attempts, while also added key hoops down the stretch. He finished with 21.
The Stallions built a comfortable lead early in the second half, 36-18, but suddenly felt the rush of a Lion comeback attempt. Lewisville began to heat up from the perimeter and was able to cut the deficit to four, 39-35, near the end of the third period.
However, the Stallions remained poised down the stretch with Mike Douglas and Cory Kessler connecting with clutch jump shots within the final 1:30, and Erby adding an inside hoop for a 64-57 lead with 30 seconds remaining.
"We starting making our shots in the second half," Lewisville coach Brian Dove said. "We were not making our shots in the first half, and that dug us in a hole. We came back when we starting making them.
"Also, we missed too many shots on the foul line."
• ROCK HILL 64, NORTHWESTERN JV 31 -- The Bearcats stormed to an 18-4 first-quarter lead and never looked back as they routed the JV Trojans in the opening game of the Lindberg Moody Memorial Tournament on Thursday night.
Jatavious Stewart and Alex Robinson paced the attack for the Bearcats with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
"This was a tough situation for us," Rock Hill coach Bobby Stevens said. "We could not worry about our opponent. We had to worry about what we did."
Stevens' concerns about the 'Cats performance in the game quickly subsided as they controlled the game from the opening tip. After bolting to the 14-point cushion after one quarter, they outscored Northwestern's JV team 20-5 in the second period to take a commanding 38-9 lead at intermission.
Devin Locke led Northwestern with eight points, while Kevin Keene followed with seven.
• NORTHWESTERN 64, WESTMINSTER CATAWBA 37 -- The Trojans went on a 23-1 run in the first half and cruised to an easy win over the outmanned Indians in the third game of the opening round of play.
Westminster Catawba scored the first three points of the game, but Northwestern answered with the scoring spree, which ended with 2:41 remaining in the first half. At that time the Trojans had a 23-4 lead.
"We did some things very well tonight," Northwestern coach Mike Gossett said. "We did a very good job of getting the ball inside. We need to work a little bit on scoring consistently once we get it in there."
Northwestern had 10 players score in the one-sided contest. Montavious Gayton led the offensive assault with 13 points, while Labris Adams followed with a dozen.
Northwestern JV vs. Lewisville, 3 p.m.
WCCS vs. Chester, 4:30 p.m.
Rock Hill vs. South Pointe, 6 p.m.
Northwestern vs. Olympic, 7:30 p.m.