Donta Drake was the decoy, but he became the hero with a shot at the buzzer of the second overtime to lift No. 10 Mervo over No. 3 City, 65-64, last night.
From just inside the three-point arc and falling backward, Drake made a shot off one leg to give the Mustangs (11-3) the upset over the host Knights (10-2), who had not lost since falling to No. 2 Lake Clifton, 59-49, on Dec. 18.
"It was just a miracle, I just felt it," said Drake, who scored six points and took a pass from fellow senior Jamal Ramsey before scoring the game-winner.
" ... I was the screen man on the play and wasn't supposed to get the ball. Time was running out and somebody had to take it. Our motto is ride or die."
City had missed an opportunity in regulation by not getting off a good last shot. Mervo missed the last shot in the first overtime. Drake missed that shot, but he didn't miss on his next chance for a game-winner.
"Donta was the decoy," Mervo coach Daryl Wade said. "The decoy got the ball and took the shot. You can't ask for anything more than that. A senior took the shot, wasn't afraid to take it."
Senior Byron Westmoreland, who had game highs of 26 points and 11 rebounds, was supposed to take the last shot for Mervo but was double-teamed.
City's James Carmon, who had 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots, hit four free throws in the second overtime, the last two giving the Knights a 64-63 lead with 3.6 seconds left.
"The kid made a heck of a shot," said City coach Mike Daniel, who lost 6-foot-5 junior Adam Johnson (18 points, eight rebounds) to an ankle injury on the same play when Carmon was fouled at the end.
" ... They deserved it. ... But I'm a little worried about my injury [to Johnson]. ... We thought the game was over when he [Carmon] hit the two foul shots."