Feb 8, 2013
Four weeks ago to the day, on Jan. 11, Reggie Jones missed a buzzer-beater from the right side of the basket that would have taken Millbrook into overtime.
On Friday night, this time at Millbrook, Leesville Road found itself in a similar situation, trailing the Wildcats 56-55 with 3.9 seconds left. Out of a timeout, Shyheid Petteway got the ball and took a shot from nearly the same spot, and this time it went in.
The Pride overcame a 15-point second half deficit to beat Millbrook on the road, 57-56.
"That was the most amazing thing," Petteway said after the game. "That was my first game-winner ever, the first one of my career. But I knew it was going in."
Leesville Road may not have been so confident during most of the game though.
After taking a 5-3 lead early in the first quarter, Leesville never lead again until the final buzzer. In fact, Millbrook was in control of the entire first half, ending the first quarter on a 16-6 run.
Millbrook set the tone for the second quarter on its first possession as Chris Clemons converted on an and-one play to put the Wildcats up 19-11. By the 4:31 mark, Millbrook held a 10-point lead.
A split pair of free throws by Cameron Sykes with 11 seconds left in the half gave Millbrook a 30-18 lead at halftime.
And the Wildcats owned much of the third quarter too. Midway through the third, Millbrook got a basket from Brandon Goldsmith that put them up by 15 points, 40-25.
But a basket from Petteway with 3:17 left in the third quarter sparked a feverish comeback. Leesville Road outscored Millbrook 7-3 in the final minutes of the third quarter, and the momentum carried over into the fourth.
Lamont Martin-White was held scoreless in the first three quarters, but the senior point guard recorded 10 points in the fourth quarter, including six points from the free throw line.
The Pride still trailed by four points with 39 seconds left though. With 33 seconds left, Jones hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 56-54.
Leesville Road sent Carlee Clemons to the line with 14 seconds left but he missed both free throws. Clemons fouled Martin-White with eight seconds left. Martin-White hit the first free throw but missed the second. After a scuffle for the loose ball, Martin-White came up with possession and called a timeout with 3.9 seconds left.
On the inbounds pass from the far sideline, Petteway got the ball and drove to the basket, hitting the jumper at the buzzer to secure the win.
Petteway led the Pride in scoring with 11 points, seven of which came in the fourth quarter. Martin-White was second with 10 points, all in the fourth quarter. Leesville Road outscored Millbrook 25-13 in the final eight minutes.
Millbrook was led by Sykes' 13 points and Goldsmith's 10.
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