Points often were hard to come by, but the Henry County High School boys’ basketball team kept battling to eventually emerge with a 57-49 overtime win on Tuesday at Martin Westview.
The Patriots improve to 4-0 on the season. Henry County will entertain Huntingdon on Monday, with varsity action beginning at 6 p.m. at Gamlin Gymnasium.
Both the Lady Patriots and Patriots will host junior varsity games with Huntingdon on Monday, starting at 4:30 p.m. in both HCHS gymnasiums.
PATRIOTS 57, CHARGERS 49 (OT)
It looked early like it was going to be a Westview rout, as the Chargers opened the game with three 3-pointers and an 11-0 lead before the Patriots made a shot.
Henry County recovered to cut Westview’s lead to 17-14 by the end of the first period.
Semaj King and Deon Young both scored four points for the Patriots in the first period.
Neither team scored well in the second quarter, but the Patriots’ 10-5 edge gave Henry County a 24-22 halftime lead.
Andrew Wimberley came off the bench to score seven points for the Patriots, including a 3-point shot.
Westview tied up the game at 34-34 by the end of the third period. King hit for four points and John Odoms added three in the third quarter for Henry County.
Both Henry County and Westview put in 10 points in the fourth quarter to leave the game tied going into overtime at 44-44.
Before regulation ended, the Chargers held a two-point lead and got a chance to pad that total on an inbounds pass from the sideline that produced an open layup with 50 seconds left, but Westview missed the shot.
King grabbed the rebound and raced to the other end to score and tie the game.
Westview took a time out with 15.7 seconds left to set up a play for the final shot, but had a player slip down on the inbounds pass with the Patriots grabbing the ball.
Henry County couldn’t score and the game was pushed into an overtime period.
Both teams had surges in the four-minute overtime period with Westview going in front, then the Patriots coming back to tie the game 49-49.
Odoms came up with a steal with 1:15 left in the overtime period and was fouled attempting a layup. He hit two free throws to give the Patriots the lead.
Henry County would score six more points before the game ended while blanking the Chargers to pull out the 57-49 victory.
Four Patriots scored in double figures, led by King with 16 points. Both Will Singleton and Odoms scored 11 points. Singleton hit three 3-point shots in the second half.
Young finished with 10 points while Wimberley scored seven and Ashton O’Daniel chipped in two points.
Westview got 16 points from Russ Butler while Jaden Ware added 12 points. Jalen King tossed in seven points with Quincy Allen scoring six. Both Garner Anderson and Lukas Skinner had three points with Quez Taylor hitting for two.