Final game of the night, the host school Lake Norman welcomed in Rocky River in what should be a very good battle between two underrated programs. We got the ball rolling as both teams got it going offensively. Rocky River was able to find success with their guard play knocking down shots from deep but also getting inside the defense to score as well. Lake Norman’s guards led the way for their team, but Lake Norman found themselves down after the first quarter and then eventually at halftime. Rocky River looked strong offensively, leading 47-38.
In the second half, the energy level didn’t let up for either team, but Lake Norman was slowly chipping away at the lead throughout the third quarter. Both teams were staying aggressive and attacking the basket, finding success offensively. And each time Lake Norman felt like they were going to make a run, Rocky River would have an answer. Lake Norman was able to get within one point on a few occasions in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t until the 1:30 mark in the fourth quarter when Lake Norman got their first lead of the game at 82-81 with a Tre McKinnon three. With Lake Norman leading 85-82 with 10 seconds to go, Rocky River’s Emmanuel Torres found an opening up top and drained the three to tie the game at the end of regulation.
In overtime, it was a tight battle throughout and it was a play here and there that ultimately would determine this thriller. Rocky River was up two and had a chance to possibly seal the game, but missed two free throws giving Lake Norman a chance in the tie or win, but ultimately came up short.
Final: Rocky River 96 – Lake Norman 94 OT
Lake Norman: Tre McKinnon 25pts, 8rebs, 4stls/ Cole Callaway 22pts, 11rebs/ Josh Yates 19pts
Rocky River: Jaden Lyles 28pts, 6rebs, 7asts/ Jamerian Baccus 20pts/ Shamari Johnson 17pts, 10rebs