The Cornersville Bulldogs, playing without two key starters, played an inspired ballgame Monday night at home without their ill buddies, just missing a win, falling 40-37 in an overtime classic to New Prospect.
Tyler Lowry had the game of his young life, slicing and dicing with ball, drilling long shots, and playing a suffocating style of defense that was prominent for the entire Bulldog squad, the entire game.
Cornersville took a 7-4 lead on a Logan Davis three-pointer early in the low scoring first quarter and led at 8-6 on one of two from the line by Lowry.
After a foul shot by New Prospect's Wes Daniel made it 8-7, a Cornersville turnover led to a Ryan Hooker basket at the end of the quarter and 9-8 lead for the Tigers after one period.
Lowry began the second quarter, draining a three-bomb to make it 11-9 Dawgs.
A New Prospect three made it a one-point game at 12-11, beginning a run for the Tigers, growing the deficit to 17-13 for the Bulldogs.
Davis hit two free throws for Cornersville to make it 17-15, but New Prospect ran off five straight, including a buzzer beating three-pointer by Zak Kleinke for 22-15 New Prospect lead at the half.
Lowry began the third quarter with a mirror three-bomb from the beginning of the second, cutting into the Tiger lead.
Davis cut it to two points at 22-20 and one possession later; Lowry stole the rock for a coast-to-coast two-point trip, tying the contest at 22.
The Tigers fought back to go up 27-24 before Lowry answered once again, throwing down a laser from behind the three-point line to re-knot the game at twenty-seven apiece.
A Conner Rochelle three made it 30-27 in favor of the Tigers, but Lowry drove the lane with seconds left to the margin to one point at 30-29.
The fourth quarter was played in a rough and tumble style with players flying all over the gym.
New Prospect went ahead 33-29, holding Cornersville scoreless for three minutes and thirty seven seconds before Davis scored down low, making it 33-31 New Prospect.
The defensive kicked up for both squads and the clocked ticked down with the Tigers holding the 33-31 with just 22.9 seconds left when Lowry drove down the lane and was fouled. Davis hit one of two to make it 33-32 with the second foul shot bouncing off the backboard to Davis.
Davis shot the ball and it missed, but the rebound bounced out of bounds off of a New Prospect defender.
Davis found a wide-open Chance Dalton with the inbounds pass under the basket for an easy lay-up to put the Dawgs up 34-33.
Kleinke took the New Prospect inbound pass all the way down the floor where he was fouled, putting him on the line for two shots with 11.9 left.
Cornersville coach Adrian Wilson called timeout to set up the offense off the foul shots.
Kleinke calmly hit the first to tie the game at 34, but missed the second.
Cornersville scrambled with the rebound and had to call time again with 5.8 seconds left in regulation. A desperation three by Dalton fell short at the buzzer, sending the game into overtime, tied at 34-34.
New Prospect's Kyle Watson hit a jumper to begin the overtime. Two possessions later, Davis hit one of two from the free throw line for Cornersville to make it 36-35 in favor of the Tigers.
Kleinke went running by the Dawgs for another tough lay-up to make it 38-35, but Cornersville got two clutch free throws from Brian Lowe to make it 38-37.
The potential game changing call of the game came next when the ref whistled New Prospect on a five second count near mid-court.
Cornersville was fouled on the possession down low, but missed both free throws with 52.9 left.
Kleinke made one of two when he was hacked, extending the Tiger lead to two points at 39-37 with 40.0 left on the ticker.
The Bulldogs had three shots at the basket before the game would end, leaving them at the short end of the OT loss.
Lowry poured in 21 points for the Bulldogs, followed by Davis with 8, Alex Walker with 4, and Brian Lowe and Dalton each scored 2 points.