The 2008 MHSAA Basketball State Tournament went out in style Saturday night. Provine’s boys took an 82-76 double-overtime thriller against Greenville-Weston in the 5A title game.
Weston overcame an eight-point deficit in the final three-and-a-half minutes of regulation. Weston’s Akeem Richardson hit a driving layup with 6 seconds left for a 60-58 lead, but Carl Blair saved Provine’s season with a layup at the buzzer. That’s gettin’ it down the floor in a hurry.
Scottie Haralson drained a 3-pointer from the corner with 19 seconds left in the first OT to knot it at 72-all. In the second OT, Provine got ahead and stayed there thanks to free throws and big defensive stops.
Weston is a great team. Played their guts out and could have easily won this game.
The Grand Slam begins Thursday. I’ll have a peek ahead in Monday’s paper. Real quick, here are the brackets:
6 p.m.: (G) H.W. Byers (2A) vs. Coldwater (1A)
7:30: (B) Newton (2A) vs. East Webster (1A)
1 p.m. – (G) Southeast Lauderdale (3A) vs. Murrah (5A)
2:30 – (B) Aberdeen (3A) vs. Provine (5A)
6:00 – (G) Gentry (4A) vs. H.W. Byers/Coldwater winner
7:30 – (B) New Hope (4A) vs. Newton/East Webster winner
1 p.m. – Girls final
3:00 – Boys final