Ethan White knocked down both ends at the free throw line with under 10 seconds to play, icing the game and sending the fans inside the Palace home happy Tuesday night as Battery Creek ended its home losing streak with a 53-47 overtime win over Hanahan.
Will White came up one rebound short of a double-double, posting a game-high 21 points and nine rebounds, and sophomore forward Donyae Brown posted his first double-double with 10 points and 11 boards to lead the Dolphins to the Region 8-3A win. Noah Northway added nine points, Quatrell Livingston had six and Ethan White contributed four.
Both Creek and Hanahan struggled offensively during a first period that saw a total of 10 points. After Brown put one off the glass, Will White drilled home a triple to cap the scoring for the quarter.
The second frame started with four scoreless minutes, but Northway and Ethan White scored on back-to-back possessions to give Creek a four-point lead. The Hawks came back and hit a 3-pointer and went 1-for-2 from the line to tie the game again at 11. Hanahan took the lead at 13-11 with 4.2 seconds remaining but Will White hit his second three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to send the Dolphins to the half up 14-13.
Battery Creek and Hanahan battled through a gritty third quarter as the teams remained tied throughout the first six minutes. The Hawks took the lead off a couple of BC miscommunication errors and Hanahan went up three heading to the fourth.
After Abbott Schultz hit a triple to put the Hawks up six, Livingston drove to the basket and drew the foul, sinking the basket and the free throw to make it a three-point game. Creek found itself in the double bonus early in the period and took advantage, driving to the basket consistently and getting to the line. With the score tied at 40, Livingston went 1-for-2 from the line to put the Dolphins up one, but the Hawks did the same and following the inbound, the clock read zeroes.
In overtime the Dolphins took the lead after making one of two from the charity stripe, but the Hawks knocked down both ends from the line to go up 43-42. Ethan White then found Brown down low for Creek to go up one and Northway picked up one of his eight offensive boards and put it back to go up three. Hanahan wouldn’t be denied though, sending a floater through the basket to make it a one-point game. Brown then stole the ball and made the shot while also drawing the foul to go back up three.
Northway found Will White on a breakaway for a layup to go up five with just 19 seconds to play, and Brown and Ethan White would knock down three of four from the free-throw line to ice the game, securing Battery Creek’s first home victory of the season.
Battery Creek (2-13, 1-1) will host region foe Bishop England on Friday.
By Brackin Lambert / Photo by Cloe Herman
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