CARBON HILL — Danville knocked down a game-tying 3-pointer with 47 seconds left to force overtime and the Hawks dominated the extra period for a 62-52 road victory over Carbon Hill in their Northwest Regional Tournament opener on Monday night.
Carbon Hill, playing in its first regional game since 2013, led by as many as four points in the final quarter, but couldn’t hold the lead. The game, which would normally be held at Wallace State-Hanceville, was moved to the high school site this season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With the win, Danville advanced to Hanceville to face Winfield in the regional championship game on Wednesday.
Against Danville, the Bulldogs had multiple chances to win the game in the closing seconds, including a free throw with one second remaining. Ishmael Jones’ shot from the charity stripe just missed the mark sending the game to overtime with the teams tied at 45.
Danville made 11 of 14 free throws in overtime, starting the period with a 9-1 run to put the game out of reach.
The first four quarters saw the teams trade the lead for the duration. The teams were tied 11-11 after the opening quarter and Carbon Hill led 23-21 at the half.
Danville scored the last four points of the third quarter for a 34-33 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs built a four-point lead at 43-39 with 3:01 remaining after a 7-0 run. Clay Cerezo made a 3-pointer and Jones made two driving layups.
Kaleb Melson saved the day for the Hawks. He drilled a 3-pointer to cut the gap to one point at 43-42 with less than two minutes left.
After Carbon Hill’s Bryson Prince made a pair of free throws to put the Bulldogs up 45-42, Melson made the game-tying 3-pointer with 47 seconds left. He also put Danville on top for good with a pair of free throws early in overtime.
Jones finished with 18 points for Carbon Hill (17-14), Zack Lawhorn added 11, Amerson put in eight, Prince had seven and both Blake Wright and Cerezo had six.
For Danville (17-8), Melson had 26 points and Kohl Randolph had 10 of his 20 points in overtime.
Meek girls head to regional final
The Meek Tigers earned a 42-31 home victory over R.A. Hubbard on Monday, securing a spot in the Class 1A NW Regional Tournament at Wallace State-Hanceville.
Meek (15-9) will face a familiar foe — Marion County — at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tom Drake Coliseum. The winner advances to the Final Four. The Raiders went a perfect 3-0 against Meek this year.
Against R.A. Hubbard, the Tigers jumped out to a 14-4 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. The Chiefs got no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Meek, which led by as many as 18 points in the game, led 25-9 at the half. Abby Phillips gave the Tigers their biggest lead early in the third quarter with a basket to make the score 27-9.
R.A. Hubbard closed to within nine points after a 9-0 run, but Meek's Madison Smith stole an inbounds pass and scored to give the Tigers a 29-18 lead going into the final quarter.
The Chiefs got within eight points twice in the fourth. R.A. Hubbard made the score 33-25 after a steal and a score, but Meek's Madison Smith answered with a 3-pointer early in the quarter to push the lead back to 11. Later in the quarter, the Chiefs again got within eight at 36-28, but this time Meek's Savannah Smith responded with a basket.
Phillips led the Tigers with 14 points and seven rebounds, Madison Smith had nine points and 11 rebounds, Dani Cotton had seven points and five rebounds, Savannah Smith added seven points and four rebounds while Reagan Aaron had three points and Hannah Taylor had two points and six rebounds.
For R.A. Hubbard, Alexandria Orr had 15 points.