This late in the season, high school basketball teams are looking to finish the season strong and position themselves in a favorable slot for region play.
Tuesday night’s boys game between North Hall and Lumpkin County was all about positioning, and the Trojans managed to solidify theirs by escaping with a 53-52 win over the visiting Indians.
“It was a big win for us,” North Hall (9-9, 4-6 Region 7-3A) coach Miles Kendall said. “We’ve been in games like this all season. This is a good win for our guys. Hopefully, we’re peaking at the right time.”
The game came down to a matter of seconds, when junior Robert Terry put-back a missed shot in traffic giving North Hall the victory. Time expired sending shortly after the make, sending the North Hall fans into celebration as Lumpkin County (9-10, 3-6) coach Michael Parker failed to get his final timeout called. Terry finished with a team-high 14 points for the Trojans, while Eli Campbell had 13 points.
This is not the first time these two teams played a physical and a highly contested game. In December, the Indians picked up a 61-53 win over North Hall, so tonight was extremely important for the host Trojans. Both teams were fighting to secure fourth-place to earn a region game at home.
North Hall clawed its way to a winning opportunity by trading baskets with the Indians. Lumpkin held the lead late but missed free throws down the stretch doomed the Indians, who were relentless on both ends of the floor but were simply unable to hold off the Trojans on one rebound.
“Kudos to North Hall,” a disheartened Parker said after the game. “We knew it was going to be a war. We knew what we were getting into. Our kids were resilient even though things didn’t work out for them.”