The Webb School of Knoxville, with Uriah Powers providing the game-winner inside 10 seconds left in overtime, claimed a 62-61 victory over Chuck Driesell’s Maret School Frogs out of Washington D.C.
When asked if his Spartans (9-3) had this one all the way, 11th-year Webb coach Ricky Norris could only exhale and wipe the sweat from his brow.
“It was back and forth, back and forth, back and forth,” said Norris, noting that his defending Tennessee Division II-A (private school) state champions usually had the experience and mettle needed to make big plays when necessary.
The 6-foot-4 Powers made such a play to give Webb its ultimate lead, gaining possession near the elbow, taking his man off the dribble and powering through his defender at the rim for a go-ahead, driving layup.
“We ran a little set to get Uriah Powers the ball inside,” Norris said. “We’d ran it a couple times earlier in the night and they’d done a good job of defending it.
“Tariq (Daughton) made a great feed and Uriah went aggressively at the rim. That’s what he should do, what he’s supposed to do as a senior who’s played in a lot of big games and in a lot of big moments. He handled that one well.”
The Frogs eschewed calling time out and motored up the floor, looking to win it at the buzzer. However, 6-7 Quincy Allen’s 24-foot jumper from the key was off the mark, as was a teammate’s reasonable tip attempt at the horn.
“It was a deep shot and it would have been a great shot if he’d made it,” Norris said. “He was a little too open for my comfort.”
Maret owned a small lead and had chances down the stretch to seal the win, but the Frogs missed the front end of two 1-and-1s and were then forced into a walking violation in the face of a double team near midcourt with 29 seconds left on the clock. The Spartans were ever-opportunistic in claiming the win.
Luke Burnett scored 25 points to pace the winners, who relied on great balance.
Maret’s slashing Teo Rice finished with a game-high 28 points, while teammate Alex Williams nailed four 3-point shots and kicked in 16 points.
The game, which saw both teams shoot 50% or better and combine for only 22 turnovers, couldn’t have been any tighter. Maret led 19-13 after one quarter, before Webb held leads of 32-31 at halftime and 45-44 through three periods. The game was tied at 56 after regulation.
CONCORD FIRST ASSEMBLY 53, BARTLETT 50
The Eagles of Concord First Assembly recovered from a dismal first half with an inspired effort after intermission, capping second-night play with a close win over Bartlett of Memphis.
Down 34-28 after three periods, Concord finally assumed its first lead at 45-44 when 6-9, Furman-bound forward Garrett Hien converted an old-fashioned three-point play on a baby hook shot with 3:45 left on the clock.
From there, the Eagles seemed to make all the right plays.
The clutch Hien finished with 14 points to back the team-high effort of Trae Benham, and Chuck Traore contributed 13 to the winning cause. Rickey Lofties scored 11 to lead all Panthers.