Webb senior guard J.J. Platt made 1 of 3 free throws with no time left on the clock to oust the Indians 58-57.
Platt was fouled on a shot from halfcourt after stealing the inbounds pass from D-B’s Zane Whitson. Whitson — the junior quarterback of the football team — elected not to throw the ball to the other end of the court in a tie game with a running clock.
This sequence occurred after the Indians had six players on the floor coming out of a timeout with 11.3 seconds left.
D-B was called for a technical foul and Platt missed the ensuing two free throws that would have tied the game. However, the team nicknamed “The Feet” still got the ball and, on the following possession, Jordan Jenkins sank the game-tying up-and-under layup with less than 10 seconds remaining.
Webb advanced to Tuesday’s fifth-place game against Fayetteville of Arkansas. Tipoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
“We had what we wanted. We wanted our defense to get the win for us,” Indians coach Chris Poore said. “We had the team we wanted on the floor and I did a terrible thing by subbing and putting players in positions that they weren’t cut out for. I should have let the guys that got us in that position to finish it out.”
Senior Abiah Releford and Whitson each finished with 11 points for D-B. Freshman Brady Stump, the smallest player on the floor, stepped up big and hit a momentum-shifting 55-foot heave at the end of the third quarter, giving the Tribe 46-40 lead.
“He answered the question of whether he could play against this kind of competition and he answered that with a definitive yes,” Poore said. “He took care of the basketball and we talked about it during the game that some players have it and some players develop it. He has it.”
Stump finished with eight points. Sophomore Malachi Hale led the Tribe with 18.
“We were disappointed with our effort Saturday, not grinding through, and we talked yesterday about overcoming adversity,” Webb associate coach James Garcia said. “We’re really shorthanded over this break and we took some hits because it was a physical game.”
Platt had 13 points but didn’t hit a shot after the first quarter. Jenkins led Webb with 15 points.
Wise Central 54, Maret School 48
The Warriors made a little bit of history in a come-from-behind win against the Frogs. With its three wins, Wise Central matched the 2017 Gate City team for the most victories by a team from far Southwest Virginia in one Arby’s Classic.
Central advanced to play Southwest DeKalb (Ga.) in the sixth-place game Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Both teams came out hot Monday, but Central coach T.J. McAmis wasn’t worried.
“We came over here and performed today. They keep surprising me,” said McAmis, whose team trailed by as many as nine points in the second half. “They shot the ball extremely well in the beginning, but I called a timeout and told my team that my old high school coach told me one time that if the other team comes out and is making a bunch of 3s early that it might work to your benefit. It kind of did because they had trouble scoring on the perimeter after that.”
This tournament has been a huge coming out party for senior Elijah Hayes, who made a big 3-pointer that hit off the front of the rim and rolled in with just over three minutes left to give the Warriors the lead. They never trailed again.
He finished with a game-high 29 points and caught the Frogs napping over and over by scoring on the quick lob play.
“It was weird coming in on the first day because I’ve watched before but actually never shot in this gym,” Hayes said. “I was trying to figure it out the first couple of days. We’re so happy to be here, but I think we’ve surprised ourselves and we have a chance to place tomorrow.”
Isaiah McAmis totaled 16 points for Central.
“Both teams competed very hard and they made more plays than us at the end,” Maret coach Chuck Driesell said. “(Hayes) was a gamer today and he killed us on that inbound lob play. That’s a tough play to catch it and shoot it so quickly, but he’s good at it.”
Ridge Parks and Teo Rice each scored 17 for the Frogs.
Southwest DeKalb 56, Sevier County 39
The Panthers pulled away late thanks to some clutch shots by Ohio State signee Eugene Brown III and Chandler Sanders, who each finished with 14 points.
Jarrett Walton also threw in 11 for Southwest DeKalb and Kusamae Draper had 10.
Camden McElhaney had 14 to lead Sevier County.
Fayetteville 61, Webb 60
Webb of Knoxville, down by a point, stole the inbounds pass with five seconds left and worked the ball upcourt. Uriah Powers had a wide-open chance at the game-winning layup, but the ball bounced off the back rim and time ran out.
After the Bulldogs pulled off a double-digit comeback from the first half, the lead changed hands several times over the closing minutes and each team missed big free throws.
Tamaury Releford led Fayetteville with 18 points. Luke Burnett had 18 for Webb and David Sanger 16.