Behind 19 points from Abram Edwards, the DeKalb County High School basketball team won a double-overtime thriller over the York Institute Dragons in Jamestown, Tuesday night. Edwards scored 10 of his season-high points in the extra sessions, as the Tigers fended off the host Dragons, 69-57. The victory improves the DCHS boys to 14-10 overall and to 4-7 in district play, and assures the Tigers will finish no lower than fifth place in the final regular season standings.
The game was close throughout the four periods of regulation, as the two teams were tied, 10-10, at the end of the opening period, and York edged out to a 20-19 lead at the half. The Dragons had a 37-32 advantage at the end of the third period, which marked the biggest lead by either team in regulation. The Dragons held a 50-48 lead in the final 1:03 of regulation, but Jeff Miller hit two free throws to tie the game, at 50-50, for the Tigers. York's Gaven Cook had a chance to win the game in regulation, but his long jumper, with under five seconds to play, clanked off the rim, sending the game into overtime.
Edwards scored the first five points of the first overtime session for DC, but the Dragons fought back. With the Tigers ahead, 55-52, York's Cody Stephens hit a three-pointer, with 14 seconds remaining, to tie the game and send it into double overtime. DeKalb County scored the first nine points of the second extra session, and out-scored York, 14-2, to pull away for the win.
Seth Willoughby added 14 points for DeKalb County, while Hunter Poteete chipped in 10. Cody Stephens led York Institute with 11 points.
Meanwhile, the DeKalb County Lady Tigers kept their fans on the edges of their seats, Tuesday night, in hopes of finally ending their nine-plus year district losing streak. The Lady Tigers trailed by only two points going into the fourth period, but York held the DC girls to just a single point in the final quarter, and pulled away for a 38-25 victory.
DeKalb County led 12-8 at the end of the first period, but York battled back for a 21-20 halftime lead. The Lady Tigers did not lead in the second half, although they tied the game on two occasions in the third period. York held a 26-24 lead after three, and held the DC girls to a Martha Webb free throw in the fourth period. The Dragonettes scored 12 points in the fourth, and hit 6-of-9 free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach.
Webb had nine points to lead the Lady Tigers, who dropped to 5-18 overall and to 0-11 in the district. Cynthia Woodward added six more for DeKalb County, while Molly Eacret led York Institute and all scorers with 18 points.
DeKalb County will host Smith County in their home finale, Friday night. It will also be Senior Night at DCHS, and fans are encouraged to come out, support the seniors and cheer on the Tigers and Lady Tigers against the Owls and Owlettes. Tip-off of the girls' game will be at 6:00 p.m. and WJLE plans live coverage.