Poly missed 16 of 19 in the third quarter, turned it over eight times and trailed by 14 at the end. The Engineers then lost three starters to fouls in the fourth quarter.
And they still won.
Clinton Young hit a 15-foot jumper with seven seconds left to give visiting and fifth- seeded Poly a come-from-behind 61-59 victory over fourth-seeded and No. 16 Perry Hall in a Class 4A, Region II state first-round game last night.
Poly (12-9) advanced to the regional semifinal tomorrow at top-seeded and No. 5 Woodlawn at 7 p.m. Perry Hall finished at 18-5 for the season.
Perry Hall missed three shots, and Poly got the rebound to set up the winning basket. Young took a pass and fired a shot that hit the basket and rolled in.
"I thought it was going to go all net," said Young, who finished with nine points. "They just opened it up."
Poly opened it up in the fourth quarter by stepping up its defensive pressure. The Engineers used a full-court press that gave the Gators trouble at times, but Perry Hall got tentative in the fourth quarter and were outscored, 23-7.
"We play better on transition," said Poly coach Bucky Kimmett. "We don't do much on half-court."
Poly lost point guard Giovanni Moore, forward Rob Friend and center Curtis Willis in the fourth quarter to fouls. The Engineers finished the game with only two starters.
Poly scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 52-47 on a Brad Thomas layup with 5:14 left. Shortly after that, Kimmett was hit with a technical, and the Engineers then took over.
The Engineers trailed 55-47 after the technical, but scored the next six points to cut the lead to two. Wills tied the score at 59 on a put-back with 1:32 left. Moments later, Young won it for Poly.