In a mad scramble for the ball in the final seconds, Fikes came away with the ball and drilled a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded for a 57-55 victory over Walker Friday night at Curry High School.
Down one point, Curry's Josh Farley ended up at the free throw line with six seconds left in overtime. The first free throw missed the mark, leading to both teams fighting for possession. Curry’s Alex Odom was able to tip the ball to Fikes for the final dagger.
“I’m speechless,” Fikes said after the win. “All I thought when I got the ball was grab it and shoot it.”
Fikes’ basket set off a celebration as Curry fans stormed onto the court.
“Being able to beat our biggest rival on a last-second shot in overtime is just amazing. There’s nothing like beating Walker,” Fikes said.
Curry coach Mike Cain said he considered calling a timeout when he saw Fikes come up with the ball.
“When I saw the ball end up in our best shooter’s hands, I decided to let it ride,” Cain said. “This was everything a rivalry game should be. It was a great atmosphere and both teams battled back and made shots.”
The win gave Curry (8-9, 4-2) a regular-season sweep over Walker, a team the Yellow Jackets hadn’t beaten since 2002 until taking down the Vikings 52-49 on the road in December.
In the extra period, Curry led by as many as five points at 54-49 with just 1:26 left after a Jaxon Aaron free throw. Walker’s Jonathan McCants cut the cap to 54-52 with a 3-pointer from the wing and Denzell Daley connected on a long-range shot of his own to put the Vikings on top 55-54 with 17 seconds left, setting up Fikes’ late-game heroics.
With the win, the Yellow Jackets clinched the No. 2 spot in the area.
Curry battled back just to send the game to overtime.
Walker’s Dalton Robinson, who hit five 3-pointers in the game, put the Vikings ahead 46-39 with 3:31 remaining in the regulation.
However, Walker wouldn’t score again until overtime.
Curry mounted a rally with Wesley Key making shots at the 3:06 mark and with 2:48 remaining to cut the gap to 46-43. The Yellow Jackets drew even with eight seconds on the clock when Alex Odom drilled a 3-pointer from the wing to notch the game at 46-46.
For Walker (3-13, 1-4), Robinson had 15 points, McCants put in 12 and Kenyatta Woods added 10.
Key recorded a double-double for Curry with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Fikes had 12 points and nine rebounds, Odom added 12 points, Aaron put in nine and Jarrod Owens had five.
Curry won just four games last year and has already more than doubled that total this season in Cain’s first season at the helm.
“These kids have worked their tails off. They chose not to be mediocre,” he added.
Curry plays at Corner on Tuesday.
Walker, which has lost nine of its last 10 games, plays at Hayden on Tuesday to close out region play.
Walker 30, Curry 25
Walker’s got a balanced offensive attack to earn a 30-25 victory over Curry on Friday.
The game was close throughout with Curry taking a 5-4 lead into the second quarter. The Yellow Jackets led 15-11 at the half thanks to eight points from Mary Beth Scott.
Walker grabbed the lead in the third quarter, outscoring Curry 12-5 for a 23-20 lead. Jasmine Lake had five points in the quarter while Sidney Cooper added four.
For the game, Cooper led Walker (9-11) with eight points while both Anna Claire Harris and Lake had seven points. Madisyn Hood added four and Shannie Johnson put in two. Scott had 11 points for Curry, Ashlee Swindle had five and Kaylee Horton put in four.