Holiday Invitational

Lake Highland holds off Apex in overtime, 73-68

Posted December 27, 2013
Updated December 28, 2013

For the second time this week, a HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational game went to overtime.

T.J. Evans hit a 3-pointer with six seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 65-65. Lake Highland called a timeout but never got off a buzzer-beater attempt.

After Evans hit a 3-pointer to give Apex a 68-67 lead in overtime, the Highlanders went on an 8-0 run to claim the 73-68 win.

The game was close most of the game, even after a slow start for Apex in the first quarter. Lake Highland led the Cougars 16-10 after the first period, but Apex closed the gap in the second quarter, trailing 27-24 at halftime.

It was clear Joel Berry was in for a big  game in the first half. The University of North Carolina recruit netted 11 points and seven rebounds. What we didn't know was how big of a second half he would have.

Berry scored 29 points in the second half and in overtime, ending the game with 40 points and 13 rebounds. Jaren Lewis and Jay Henderson both scored 10 points.

Lake Highland took a six-point lead into the final quarter after outscoring Apex 25-22 in the third, but Apex fought back. The Cougars held the Highlanders to just 13 fourth quarter points while scoring 19 of their own to force overtime.

Apex shot 35.8 percent from the field, including 10-of-31 from 3-point range. They also turned the ball over 15 times and were out-rebounded 45-36. The Cougars did manage 14 assists, seven of which came from T.J. Wells.

Lake Highland was led by Berry's 40 points. They also got 10 points from Jaren Lewis and from Jay Henderson.

Evans led Apex with 20 points. Wells added 13 points, Ian Boyd had 11, and John Kitoko had 10.

Lake Highland will play Kinston in the Shavlik Randolph Foundation championship game at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. Apex will play for third place against Wheeler (GA) at 5:30 p.m.

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