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4 OT thriller: Mohigans take down Bulldogs

Created on:   Mon, Feb 19, 2018   11:44 PM

Last modified:   Mon, Feb 19, 2018   11:44 PM

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — The Morgantown High boys’ basketball just may be one of the hottest teams in the state in the postseason.

The Mohigans ended their regular season, on Feb. 19, with a sensational 79-77 victory against Martinsburg, in a game that needed four overtimes to settle.

MHS (15-7) won its final eight games to close the regular season. The win over the Bulldogs (17-5) came on Senior Night.

“You couldn’t have drawn up a better game to get you ready for tournament time,” MHS head coach Dave Tallman said. “We got great game film to show our guys and go from there. Perfect game to end the season on, especially for our seniors.”

Morgantown’s seniors stepped up in crucial moments to help their team battle back from a 10-point deficit late in the third quarter.

Senior guard, Jayron Wilson, sparked his team with eight straight points off the bench to help cut the Bulldogs lead, 50-47, and later sank a free throw to give Morgantown an overtime lead — it’s first since the second quarter.

“He’s a tough kid, you know,” Tallman said. “He was part of our state championship team, so he kind of knows how to step up in these big moments and he did.”

Guard Andrew Selders perhaps had one of the biggest shots of the night, sinking a trey from the corner with less than a second in regulation to complete the Mohigans’ comeback and tie the game at 60.

Another senior, Rance Blakney, kept Morgantown in the game once again burying a three with two seconds left on the clock and sent the game into its second overtime, knotted at 71.

“It was surreal,” junior guard Cameron Selders said. “Everyone was off the bench and hyped. We were all so happy. Those were huge shots that came at the right time. It definitely gave us the momentum in overtime.”

The Mohigans finally capped the game with a steal from junior guard, Lamar Haskins, and a layup by junior, Nick Malone with three seconds left in the fourth overtime.

“All year we’ve had the toughest schedule in the state and lost so many against the top ten in the last second,” Tallman said. “Finally, we got that big boulder over the hill. We needed that and our guys needed that. They deserve to get one of these.”

MHS will now advance to sectional play, on Feb. 28.