PITTSBURG – The Pittsburg High School boys’ basketball team was lifted to a 56-54 win over St. Thomas Aquinas in the Kansas 5A sub-state championship game thanks to a 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime by Drew Roelfs.
“It’s a feeling that hasn’t even fully set in yet,” PHS head coach Kiley Roelfs said. “The dramatics in the last five seconds were unbelievable. We are very excited. We knew this one would be tough, but our guys were focused and did a great job.”
After trailing for a majority of the contest, the Purple Dragons took their first lead of the game at 40-38 on a 3-pointer by Drew Roelfs to open up the fourth quarter.
Pittsburg held the lead throughout the remainder of the fourth until the Saints tied the game at 45-apiece in the closing seconds to send the game into overtime.
The lead changed hands several times throughout overtime, as Aquinas took a one-point lead with under a minute remaining.
In the final possession of the contest with the clock winding down and still trailing by one, Chase Curtis threw the ball in to Marque English who made his way to the top of the key.
English then dumped the ball off to Drew Roelfs, who quickly rose up from behind the 3-point line and released the ball just before the buzzer, giving PHS the win.
“We’ve been working for this for a long time,” Drew Roelfs said. “Going into that final play, I knew I wanted the ball and wanted the shot. From the moment it left my hand I knew it was going in and it felt great.”
Marque English led the team with 17 points in the win, followed by Drew Roelfs with 11 points.