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High School Sports

December 18, 2013

Indians outlast McAlester in bonus time

Regulation was not enough for Sequoyah and McAlester, and one overtime would not be enough either on Tuesday night.

In the end, Sequoyah outlasted McAlester 90-87 in a double-overtime thriller.

“A win like this will give us confidence going forward as we head into January,” Sequoyah coach Jay Herrin said.

Sequoyah had the ball down 85-83 with less than two minutes left when senior Caisen Green raced down the floor to lay the ball off the backboard for two points to tie the game at 85-85 with just 1:15 left. McAlester would be stopped on their next possession leaving Green with the floor to drive again, and he accepted the challenge as he drove the length of the court to put in the go-ahead basket with 27.7 seconds on the clock. It was a fitting ending as Green dropped in 17 of his 25 points in overtime to lead Sequoyah to victory.

“Green can go off at any time,” Herrin said.

The Indians where hobbled early in the first overtime when two of their key players, B.J. Leach and Zach Parish, fouled out. With that duo out, Sequoyah needed someone to step up and lead them to victory. Green most certainly took on the challenge nearly by himself at times, as he was unstoppable in the two overtime periods. Green did have help from junior Quinton Johnston, who put up 15 points on the night and had a key three-pointer to get Sequoyah into overtime.

Sequoyah (5-1) battled back after struggling with turnovers and being down by as many as 13 points to McAlester. Sequoyah got into overtime by coming back from being down 61-48 to McAlester to start the fourth quarter.

Sequoyah would go on a 9-0 run to start the fourth. The Indians held McAlester scoreless in the quarter until the 3:23 mark in the fourth. The Indians after their 9-0 run still found themselves down 63-59 when Johnston hit an enormous three point basket. Sequoyah then capitalized on when McAlester missed free throws late in the fourth as Sequoyah took its first lead in the game 65-64 with 21.1 seconds left as Leach hit the go-ahead free throw. McAlester would drive the floor and get fouled, leading them to the free throw line where they made one of the two at the line.

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