Eagles Flood Brazos in Overtime 53-49
After the two teams had battled for four quarters, the Lexington Eagles needed extra time to defeat Brazos Consolidated 53- 49. Getting to overtime caused a lot of faint hearts to flutter quite a bit. Lexington was down ten points starting the fourth quarter. They rallied and took the lead briefly at 38-37 before falling back by three at 40-43 with seconds left. With just over eight seconds left, Coach Holcomb called time out to set up a three point play. The Eagles worked the play to perfection getting Eriq Mitchell an open three-pointer with three seconds left. It was short and the carom was off to the left. A.J. Flot grabbed the rebound and flipped the ball back to Mitchell who turned the ball loose toward the basket just before time expired. The ball swished through the basket, sending the game into overtime.
In overtime, Brazos scored first taking a 45-43 lead. Donnie Havard caught a full court pass from Mitchell, drove the basket and scored to tie the game at 45. Josh Murray drove hard to the bucket on Lexington’s next possession. As the Brazos defense came to him, he dished the ball to Flot, who put the Eagles in the lead for good. As time was winding down, Brazos started fouling. Each time, they fouled Jason Washington, who calmly made six charity tosses in a row. Brazos was able to score four more points, but not enough to keep Lexington to advancing to the Area contest Friday night.
Lexington got off to a good start as Flot got a couple of easy buckets, Havard hit a trey, and Zach Lay got a conventional three. The usual bad period showed up, as the Eagles only scored three points in the second period. They added an additional slow period in the third as Brazos topped them 13-6.
The Eagles awakened in the fourth period, as they wiped out Brazos’ 10- point lead by outscoring the Cougars 22-12 in the huge comeback. Brazos had the Eagles on the ropes leading 35-28 when Jason Washington fired up a good three-pointer. He was fouled on the shot. He made the free throw for a four-point play, cutting the Cougar lead to 35-32. Brazos made a deuce, Washington answered for Lexington, to close to 34-37. Mitchell then hit a long two-point shot to narrow the lead to 36-37. Flot then took a dish from Mitchell to give Lexington its brief lead at 38-37. Brazos put in two lay ups to retake the lead 41-38. Murray tossed the ball to Flot for an easy two to narrow the score to 41-40. Lexington fouled Brazos, who made both free throws setting up Mitchell and Flot’s heroics at the very end of the game.
Lexington fan count was not equal to Brazos, but it was very loud as the decidedly underdog Eagles fought and clawed their way to victory. The boisterous Lexington fans helped the team to victory with their enthusiasm.