PILGRIM'S KNOB, Va. —
There wasn't much action, to put it mildly, in the first half, when the two teams combined for 22 points.
The fourth quarter and overtime, however, more than made up for it.
Keeton Bostic's free throw with 3 seconds remaining lifted Council to a dramatic 40-39 overtime win over short-handed Twin Valley in the Black Diamond District opener for both clubs Friday night.
Neither team shot well in a game that was tied 11-11 at the half, but there were several big plays and big shots near the end. Bostic also hit one of two free throws to tie the low-scoring affair at 32-32 with 56 seconds left in regulation.
Cameron Presley scored on a stick-back to give the Cobras a 39-37 lead with 1:21 remaining. Sophomore Brandon McGlothlin tied it for the Panthers off a feed from Logan Cantrell at the 1:09 mark.
Council (5-5, 1-0) held for a last shot and Bostic drew a foul inside. Twin Valley missed a mid-range jumper at the buzzer.
"That was a big free throw by Keeton," said Council coach Patrick Wade, whose club was 7-of-23 from the line before Bostic's final attempt. "And Cameron Presley made a huge shot.
"We left a lot of points out there, especially at the free throw line, but we crashed the boards and that ended up making the difference for us."
Twin Valley (5-5, 0-1) started the game without their best outside shooter, Dalton Harris, lost their only big man, Christian Case, to a first-half ankle injury and lost their best defender, Shannon Adams, to fouls early in overtime, yet overcame a 25-18 deficit in the fourth quarter.
That was a huge margin in a low-scoring game and Cantrell carried the Panthers back into contention. The 6-foot-1 senior forward scored 13 of his game-high 17 points after the first three periods.
"Logan really stepped it up in the second half," Twin Valley coach Brian Moore said. "He took over and put us on his back, the way you want your team captain to do and I'm proud of his effrt.
"We don't make excuses just because we were shorthanded. All the kids played hard and I'm pleased with our overall effort."
Presley finished with a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds, both team highs, despite a Twin Valley zone that made it hard for the Cobras to take advantage of the smaller Panthers inside after Case left.
"Twin Valley did a good job with their zone," Wade added. "We were finally able to get some buckets inside there at the end."
Bostic, Josh Viers and Ty Mackey added eight points apiece for Council. Thomas Burniston added seven points for Twin Valley.
Viers 8, Presley 15, Barton 0, Mathis 1, Bostic 8, Mackey 8, Tiller 0.
TWIN VALLEY (39)
Elswick 5, Cantrell 17, Adams 4, Burniston 7, Case 4, McGlothlin 2, Helbert 0, Wimmer 0.
Council..............2 9 14 7 8 — 40
Twin Valley........9 2 7 14 7 — 39
3-point goals - C 2 (Mackey 2), TV 3 (Burnisto 2, Elswick). JV Game-Twin Valley won.