John Tinsley just shook his head and smiled.
The coach and his Glasgow Scotties emerged victorious Tuesday from a District 15 basketball showdown with Allen County-Scottsville that ended when senior guard Quentel Bradley hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Scotties a thrilling 57-54 overtime win.
“Whew, I feel like I’ve just run a marathon,” Tinsley said. “This district is so tough. It is a battle every night.”
With the game tied at 54 in overtime, Bradley actually fumbled the ball coming down the court before regaining possession and launching the game-winning shot.
“It felt really good coming out of my hand,” Bradley said. “A lot of luck was involved in it, but it did feel good coming out of my hand.”
Tinsley said the Bradley, who led all scorers with 19 points, was the intended shooter, although the possession didn’t unfold quite as Glasgow planned.
“We wanted to run a clear out to one side for Quentel...,” Tinsley said. “And on a broken play, you have to give him credit for knocking down the shot.”
Glasgow controlled the game for most of the night, but ACS rallied in the second half.
Jared Walden hit a jumper in the paint and Jake Sikes scored on a layup with 4:24 to go in regulation to give the Patriots their first lead of the night at 41-39. Milas Norris hit two free throws for the Scotties to tie the game at 41. James Kingery followed that with two free throws and Glasgow held a 43-41 advantage with 2:34 on the clock. Dyllan Harper scored on a layup for ACS, and a jumper by Thomas Spencer gave the lead back to the Patriots at 45-43 with 1:45 to go.
After an Allen County miss, Norris was fouled on the rebound. He responded with two free throws to send the game into overtime.
The teams exchanged the lead early in the extra period. Kingery scored four of the first six points to help Glasgow retake the lead at 49-47. When Walden made two free throws at the 1:48 mark on the clock, the Patriots were within one at 51-50.
Harper came up with a bucket for ACS, but Connor Glass answered with 3-pointer for the Scotties to make it 54-52 Glasgow with 32 seconds to play. Walden was fouled on the other end of the court and the ACS guard made two of three free throws to tie the game again at 54-54, setting up Bradley’s game-winning shot.
The Scotties jumped out to an early lead, holding a 19-16 advantage at the end of the first period. Glasgow extended that lead in the second quarter, taking a 30-23 lead into the locker room.
The Patriots fought back in the second half and cut the Scotties’ lead to six at 39-33 at the end of the third quarter.
“I thought we played well offensively the other night against Barren County, but we didn’t play good defense. Tonight, I thought we played good defense, but we weren’t very good on offense,” Tinsley said. “That big kid in the middle (ACS’ Harper), he’s a difference maker. The help-side defense wasn’t always there for us tonight.”
Norris added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Glasgow, while Kingery had 11 points. Jacob Poynter scored five points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Anthony Walker and Glass had four points each, with Julius Shirley scoring two.
Walden led Allen County-Scottsville with 18 points, while Harper and Sikes tallied 17 points each for the Patriots.
The Scotties, 8-6 on the season and 1-2 in district play, now have a few days off before they host Warren Central on Jan. 14. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Allen County-Scottsville falls to 6-8 on the year and 1-1 in the district. The Patriots will be back on the court on Friday against district leader Monroe County at 7:30 p.m.