BERKELEY SPRINGS – Berkeley Springs went deep Tuesday night to win the Tri-State Shootout.
They scored three 3-pointers in the third quarter to break a tie at half-time, then survived an attack by Southern Fulton, Pa. In the fourth quarter to claim a 37-34 victory in the game. championship.
The Indians led by 10 points after a field goal to start the fourth quarter, but Zach Price propelled Southern Fulton into the game and had a chance to tie the game in the final 10 seconds.
However, Ty’Mir Ross intercepted a through pass intended for Price, then recovered a rebound with 4.5 seconds left after teammate Dakota Hamrick missed two free throws to keep possession of Berkeley Springs.
Shawn Lord saved Berkeley Springs’ victory by making one of two free throws as Berkeley Springs made just five of 13 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Then Gavin Barkley stole the incoming pass that followed at midfield to clinch the win, Berkeley Springs’ sixth in seven games.
Ross said a deep pass under the basket was not expected, but his vigilance allowed him to intercept the ball as if he was back on defense for the football team.
âIt just happened,â he said. âI’m just delighted that we got the win and that we all helped.
“We all fought and deserved to win.”
He and Barkley were named the most valuable co-players.
Barkley scored 13 points, while all-tournament caps Trevor Osbourn and Shawn Lord scored 10 and eight, respectively.
This is the game of Price, who scored 14 points, a record for the team, which rallied Southern Fulton.
He scored six straight points in two minutes to bring Southern Fulton down to 33-29 with 3 minutes and 15 seconds left.
After Osbourn took two shots on goal with 1:28 remaining to extend Berkeley Springs’ lead, Konnor Pittman dropped a 3-point to close the gap. Then, after a turnaround from Berkeley Springs, Holden Stotler scored just in front of the 3-point line to bring Southern Fulton back to 35-34 with 34 seconds left.
Berkeley Springs managed to hang on as Ross and Lord each made the second of two free throws to put Berkeley Springs in position to win.
Both teams played a man-to-man defense as if they were wearing Isotoner gloves in a first half that ended in a tie at 15. It was as tight and as defensive.
But Berkeley Springs took the lead 30-22 late in the third quarter, largely helped by 3 points from Barkley, Lord and Osbourn.
However, they failed to keep a big lead.
Stotler added nine points for Southern Fulton.
In the consolation match between two teams from Maryland, Boonsboro defeated Northern Garrett 68-47.