It's often been said that "trouble comes in threes," and it sure did for host Glen Burnie last night.
Maurice Bowie's three-pointer made it possible for Derek Booth to do the near impossible as No. 17 North County stunned No. 14 Glen Burnie, 74-67, in double overtime to leave the two teams tied for first in the Anne Arundel County North Division with two games to go.
Booth delivered the knockout punch with three consecutive three-pointers in the second overtime after Bowie had saved the Knights (13-7) with three-pointer of his own at the end of the first overtime.
Both teams are 11-3 in league play and if they end up deadlocked, the Gophers would take the title and berth in the first county championship game Feb. 20 at Old Mill by having a better winning percentage.
After Cornelius Burley's three with 25 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime with the score tied at 51, Bowie's 30-foot desperation shot got all the net at the buzzer of the initial overtime. It tied the game at 63 and forced another four minutes.
"I told Coach that I wanted the ball, wanted the last shot," said Bowie, who led his team with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Burley's shot in regulation atoned for his foul on Desmond Dailey with 37 seconds left. Dailey, who had game-high totals of 25 points and 14 rebounds, is deadly from the line and sank two for a 51-48 Gopher lead.
The Gophers (16-4) missed a shot with time running out and Bowie grabbed the rebound to force more action.
A putback by junior Chris Witherspoon (15 points, nine rebounds) gave the Gophers a 65-63 lead to start the second overtime.
Booth (20 points, four of the team's seven threes) hit two straight threes from the left corner and moved over to the other side to make it three in a row. Suddenly the Knights had a 72-65 lead with just over two minutes remaining.
"I could feel it, knew I was going to make them," said Booth, who topped his heroics of two straight in overtime to upset No. 7 Annapolis a couple weeks ago.
Randolph Rooks' third straight putback in the two overtimes after the Booth show iced it.
"Derek got tired of playing and said no more overtimes, let's get it over with now," joked North County coach Brad Wilson.
"He [Booth] and Reece [Bowie] are clutch, and Rooks did a tremendous job for us. It's the best he has played all year."
Rooks came off the bench and gave Wilson a solid performance inside with 15 points and eight rebounds. Ten of his points came on putbacks.
Glen Burnie had just knocked Annapolis out of the running with a 65-63 victory in the final seconds Monday.
"It's tough to play two nights in a row and I couldn't ask any more of my kids," said Gopher coach Terry Bogle. "We were worn down at the end."