Raphiel Justice and Sherrell McCullum Jr. both hit corner 3-pointers in the final seconds of regulation and overtime to extend play, and the Bulldogs got one final stop to escape with a 98-95 double-overtime victory Friday night over the Panthers.
Seattle Prep trailed by as many as 16 points in the game – 10 in the fourth quarter – before rallying to take a 76-73 lead on Kyle Carlesimo’s two free throws with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation. He finished with a team-high 35 points.
Justice received a pass in the left corner and rifled a contested shot over Carlesimo for a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
In the first overtime, Johnson (10 points) and Seattle Prep’s Braeden Smith (seven points) kept trading buckets – the last Smith jumper gave the Panthers a 90-87 lead with 24 seconds to go.
Against pressure, four Garfield players rotated the ball – and found McCullum, the 6-foot-6 big man, in the far right corner. He drained the 3-pointer just before the horn to tie it at 90-90, and send it into a second OT.
Devon Guidry sank a 3-pointer to give Garfield a 98-92 lead with 1:27 to go, but Tyler Mrus answered with his own from long range at the 49.2-second mark to give the Panthers one final shot.
After a steal near midcourt, Smith launched a corner game-tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer that rattled off.
Here are end-of-game (and OT) highlights from Garfield-Seattle Prep:
(Photo by Vince Miller)