GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Better late than never.
Phil Hollingshead hit a game-tying layup with two seconds left in regulation, and the Ohio Valley Christian boys basketball team made the most of some extra time Tuesday night following a 70-67 overtime victory over visiting Grace Christian in a non-conference matchup in Gallia County.
The host Defenders (9-7) jumped out to a small 12-7 edge after eight minutes of play, but the Soldiers countered with a 30-23 surge over th next two frames to secure a 37-35 lead headed into the finale. GCS used a 14-9 second quarter run to pull even at 21-all at the break, then went on a 16-14 spurt in the third to secure the one-possession advantage.
Hollingshead capped a 25-23 fourth quarter charge with two seconds left in the fourth canto to knot the game up at 60-all and force overtime, and the hosts rode that momentum into the extra four-minute session — as the Defenders used a 10-7 run to wrap up the three-point triumph.
Chance Burleson led OVCS with a game-high 29 points and nine assists, while T.G. Miller chipped in 28 points, nine rebounds and six steals. Caleb McKitrick was next with five points, while Richard Bowman and Phil Hollingshead each contributed four markers.
Kris Adkins paced Grace Christian with 20 points, followed by Nathan Welch with 15 points and Titus Willis with 14 markers.