Early in Friday’s game, North found itself in a deep hole, scoring just two points in the first 6½ minutes of Friday’s game against Heights.
But the Redskins, who trailed 15-2 after that dismal stretch, kept chipping away and caught the Falcons, 59-59, on senior Conner Frankamp’s three-pointer from the top of the key with two minutes left.
In overtime, Frankamp and Zach Beard provided the offense, helping North (12-2, 9-1) escape with a 69-66 victory.
“It was a dogfight out there,” said Frankamp, who finished with 37 points. “In the second half, I felt we picked it up a little bit more.”
North coach Gary Squires was quick to point out that in addition to Frankamp, juniors Beard (14 points) and Tarius Williams (10) also scored in double figures.
But all North could muster in the first quarter was five points — all from Frankamp. The Redskins came alive in the second quarter, outscoring Heights 23-15 and cutting the deficit to 32-28 at halftime.
Senior Chris Reed scored eight first-quarter points, helping Heights (7-7, 4-6) take a 17-5 lead at the end of the period. Semaj Hervey also started hot, hitting a three-pointer on his way to 10 first-half points.
In the third quarter, Frankamp was limited to just five points, and Heights entered the final quarter with a 46-40 lead. But Frankamp found ways to score in the fourth quarter, when North outscored Heights 19-13 and forced the extra period.
Reed, who finished with a team-high 18 points, began the overtime nicely for the Falcons, scoring on a lay-in off a feed from junior Ealy Bell. But the Falcons scored just two field goals the rest of the way.
Beard hit a three-pointer 53 seconds into overtime that gave North the lead for good.
The outcome was still in doubt late in overtime. Bell’s bank shot with just less than a minute to go pulled Heights to within 64-63. But North answered when Frankamp hit three of four free throws.
Hervey’s three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left again cut the deficit to a point. But Williams found Beard with a long pass into the frontcourt. He was fouled by Hervey and sank both free throws, giving him a perfect 6 for 6 on the night and providing the final margin and spoiling Heights’ homecoming.
“I shoot a lot of free throws — before and after practice,” Beard said.
For Heights coach Joe Auer, whose team led or was tied throughout regulation, it was a frustrating loss.
“We had it all night; we led the whole night,” he said. “They had the lead in overtime.”
NORTH: Beard 3 6-6 14, Williams 3 4-6 10, Shockley 0 0-0 0, Bernard 2 1-4 5, Frankamp 10 11-12 37, Villa 1 0-0 3, Bogle 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 (9) 22-28 69.
HEIGHTS: Hervey 7 1-4 17, Reed 9 0-0 18, Bell 6 2-5 14, Wilbeck 2 2-2 6, C. Ellis 1 1-3 3, Lowe 1 1-2 4, Moreland 0 0-0 0, Arnold 2 0-0 4, B. Ellis 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 (3) 7-12 66.