John Paul II boys basketball picked up another big road win in region play Thursday at Bethesda Academy with a hard-fought 52-50 win in double overtime.
Jackson Ogden went coast-to-coast and knocked down two free throws with 1.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and Mark Knight capped a 24-point night with a go-ahead 3-pointer with 25 seconds left in the second extra period to lift the Golden Warriors to a key region win.
JPII dominated the first half and took a 24-15 lead into halftime, but the Blazers picked up the defensive intensity after the break and their press got them back into the game.
Josh Quarterman gave the Blazers their first lead of the game with a bucket with 10 seconds left in regulation to make it 45-43, but Ogden took the inbound pass and drove the length of the court and was fouled going to the basket. He calmly knocked down the 1-and-1 to tie the game and send it into overtime.
It was still deadlocked after the first overtime, and a Quarterman putback put Bethesda up 50-48 before Knight hit a deep 3 to take the lead with 25 seconds left. Bethesda misfired on the ensuing possession, and Knight grabbed the rebound and made one of two at the line to seal the win.
“Region wins are always big, particularly on the road,” JPII coach Mac Tamminen said. “These guys showed a lot of heart. I’m extremely proud of the fight in them tonight.”
Knight led JPII with 24 points, six rebounds, and four steals, while Ogden added 20 points, five boards, and three assists, and Finn Mahoney had 12 rebounds. Quarterman led all scorers with 28 points.
JPII (7-3, 3-1) was scheduled to host Hilton Head Prep on Friday but all area games were postponed due to inclement weather in the forecast. The Golden Warriors host Thomas Heyward for a key region matchup Monday.
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