The Poly boys basketball team didn't mind working a little extra at Lake Clifton on Friday to make program history.
In grinding out a 75-66 win in two overtimes, the No. 3 Engineers improved to 8-0 in Baltimore City Division 1 play, clinching one of the two spots in the city championship game with four league games left to play.
Junior forward De'Vondre Perry finished with 32 points and 11 rebounds, De'shaun Mosley scored seven of his 13 points in the second overtime and the Engineers (14-3) sealed the victory by making nine of 10 free throws in the final minute of the second extra session.
"First one ever," said Poly coach Sam Brand, who added it was the team's first-ever win at Lake Clifton. "There's a lot of time and energy put into it and to see these guys come out on top — I don't know man, I'm just really happy about it. But the truth is, it means nothing and we've got to keep going. I'm going to take a few minutes to think about the time and energy we put into getting to our first Baltimore City championship, but after that it's on to the next game."
The No. 13 Lakers (11-6, 3-4 in league play) played valiantly and didn't budge until the second overtime. The home team led most of the game but neither team mustered a lead bigger than six points in regulation.
The fourth quarter had four ties with Poly taking a 55-53 lead on Perry's steal and emphatic one-handed dunk with 44 seconds left. But Lake Clifton senior guard Kai Thompson answered with a strong drive with 22 seconds left to send the game into its first overtime.
A 3-pointer from senior guard Shauntaze Drake gave the Lakers a 60-57 lead with 2:54 left in the first overtime. But the Engineers were able to push the game to a second overtime with two free throws from Christian Chong-Qui to tie the game at 61 with 1:06 on the clock.
The Engineers finally took hold in the second overtime with Mosley's three-point play with 3:28 left providing a 64-61 lead that started a 7-0 run to help put the game away. In addition to his dominant game offensively and on the boards, Perry had a key blocked shot with the lead at 68-63 and 44 seconds remaining.
"We pulled through," Mosley said. "We're a family, we love each other and play together. We know we got each other's backs, we knocked down free throws and got the win."
Demetrius Mims finished with 12 points before fouling out in the first overtime and Chong-Qui added 10 for the Engineers, who saw senior center Jordan Jones get ejected from the game in the second quarter.
Drake led the Lakers with 21 points with Thompson (15 points) and Rasheed Brown (13 points) also reaching double figures.
"I told my guys, we might be 7-0 and they may have some losses, but it is never easy to beat Lake Clifton and at Lake Clifton even more," Brand said. "With Jordan getting thrown out early, their shooters getting hot … it couldn't have been a more scripted game to be tougher on us in here, and to come out with a win speaks volumes of what this team has gone through together and what these guys bring to the table. I'm real proud of them."