GIRARD — It took an extra four minutes of game action but the Girard boys’ basketball team remained unbeaten after handing Parsons a 70-68 loss thanks to a last-second basket from Drew Davied Tuesday night.
Girard trailed multiple times against a quick Parsons teams that used slashing to the basket as their offensive game plan. After trading baskets over the final two minutes of regulation, the Trojans and Vikings went into a four-minute overtime period. Girard got the last laugh as Davied scored on a put-back basket with four seconds left to move the Trojans to 12-0.
Girard was led in scoring by Laike Damman with a game-high 25 points.
Davied wasn’t far behind, as the 6-foot-6-inch senior scored 22 points on the night, giving the Trojans a dynamic duo in their toughest matchup of the season.
The Trojans took the early lead in the overtime period when Davied connected on a free throw, and then found Kross Hamblin underneath the basket on the next trip down the floor for a one-dribble post score to make the lead 62-59.
Parsons' Donte Gress answered with a 3-pointer to tie the game back up.
The Vikings took the 66-64 lead when Dannerick Yates hit a jumper in the lane, but Davied fired an elbow jumper with 1:25 to even things up at 66-all.
Damman stole the ball from Parsons at midcourt, leading to Hamblin scoring from the low block with 42 seconds left to give Girard a 68-66 advantage.
With time winding down inside of 20 seconds, Parson’s Dakolby Johnson drove the left side of the lane and kissed the ball off the glass to knot the game once more.
The Trojans inbounded the ball and took it the floor with less than 15 seconds remaining when Damman’s layup attempt fell off the side of the rim, but Davied was there for the follow-up score to send the crowd to their feet as Girard led 70-68 with 3.3 seconds remaining.
Parsons had a look at a 3-pointer at the other end, but the ball caromed off the rim at the sound of the buzzer for a Trojan win.
The Vikings held leads at the end of the first and third quarters of the ball game. Twice the Trojans found a way to fight back, ultimately prevailing in the extra period.
Johnson finished with a team-high 20 points for Parsons, while Gress was the only other Parsons’ player in double figures at 10.
Girard takes on Labette County Friday following the girls matchup.
Lucas Davis is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on twitter at @LDsportswriter.