The Lakeview Academy boys basketball team led only twice during its second-round playoff game against Wesleyan on Thursday night — after the first possession and when the final buzzer sounded.
Junior forward Griffin Sewell hit the game-winning 3-pointer with about 45 seconds left in double overtime as the No. 2 seed Lions overcame a double-digit deficit to win 60-58 in Gainesville. Lakeview Academy (24-5) committed turnovers on its next two possessions but came up with subsequent stops on defense to clinch a spot in next week’s Class A-Private quarterfinals.
“The last sequence was chaotic at best,” Lions assistant coach Mike Lawley said. “But our guys never stopped believing and never stopped pushing. The way they fought to close it out was incredible.”
Sewell entered the game in the final minute after junior forward Evan Pitts, who blocked a shot to send the game to overtime, fouled out while trying to take a charge.
Lakeview Academy trailed 47-34 entering the fourth quarter, but junior guard Drew Cottrell (16 points) hit back-to-back 3-pointers as part of a 9-0 run. Senior guard Tre Gober led the team with 26 points, including the final bucket of regulation that knotted the score at 52.
Senior Josh Randolph and Ryan Lackey hauled in 12 and 10 rebounds, respectively, while Cottrell surpassed his 1,000th career point during the game.
Lawley said the Lions overcame about 30 turnovers in the victory, which earned them the right to face No. 7 seed Athens Christian. The two Region 8-A foes battled twice this season, with Lakeview Academy winning 58-42 during the regular season and 43-41 in the region tournament championship Feb. 11.
The quarterfinal game will be Wednesday at a time to be determined.
JOSEY BOYS 77, BANKS COUNTY 68: Kahmal Wiley produced a double-double with 31 points, 10 boards, two assists and five blocks, but it was not enough for Banks County in the second round of the Class AA state playoffs.
The junior also reached his 1,000th point for the Leopards in Thursday’s night loss. Dylan Orr also had a double-double with 11 points and 10 blocks along with three assists, while teammate Darius Bonds finished with 13 points and four assists.
DAWSON COUNTY GIRLS 63, MONROE 53: Kaylee Sticker’s 23 points helped Dawson County advance to the Class AAA state quarterfinals Wednesday night.
Emma Brown scored 14 for the Lady Tigers, and Emma Brown finished with 14. Anna Lowe had 11 for Dawson County.
The Tigers will play Morgan County on Tuesday.