Brown's buzzer beater lifts CMS Bulldogs over Riverside Christian
The Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs (2-16) ended their season on a high note when they pulled out a dramatic 33-31 overtime victory over the Riverside Christian Knights at home on Thursday night.
RCA had defeated Cornersville 37-33 seven days earlier and held a 26-23 lead late in the fourth quarter of Thursday's contest, but Bulldog guard Ben Proctor drilled a three-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime knotted at 26-26.
After the two teams battled to a 31-31 tie late in the extra session, CMS took home the two-point win when point guard Dayveontae Brown hit a short pull up jumper as time expired.
"I'm happy for the guys because it was about them. I'm glad we could go out with a win. This game was typical of our season. There were a lot of ups and downs, but we found a way to pull it out," said Cornersville coach Adrian Wilson. "We were trying to get the ball into Dayveontae's hands at the end. He was either going to take it to the basket or kick it out to someone. Ben Proctor also hit some big shots for us too."
Thanks to a 3-of-5 shooting performance in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs finished with a 12-11 edge in field goals while both teams hit two three-pointers. Cornersville also outrebounded the Knights 35-31 and held an 18-10 edge on the offensive glass.
Proctor led CMS with 12 points, while Brown and Ty Landers added seven points apiece. Justin Singleton chipped in three points for the Bulldogs as well and J.D. Crabtree and Dillard Hatchett both had two points.
Josh Hill paced RCA with 10 points, while Jacob Anderson and Montana Driver tallied six and five points respectively.
The Bulldogs came shooting out of the gate and forged a 10-2 lead midway through the first quarter thanks to four points from Landers and baskets from Crabtree, Hatchett, and Brown.
After the Knights trimmed the deficit to 10-4 at the end of the first quarter, Singleton canned a three to give Cornersville a 13-4 advantage early in the second before RCA closed the period with a 10-0 run to take a 14-13 advantage into the break.
The Bulldogs then outscored RCA 10-8 through the first 10:16 of the second half with the help of six free throws and field goals from Landers and Brown to seize a 23-22 lead late in the fourth quarter.
Anderson scored two straight baskets to stake the Knights to a 26-23 advantage, but Proctor drained a trey from the top of the key with :11 left in regulation to send the game into overtime.
In overtime, CMS inched out to a 31-29 lead on the strength of two jumpers from Proctor and a Landers free throw before Riverside Christian's Eli Wright was fouled on a three-point attempt and hit two-of-three free throws with 7.8 seconds remaining to retie the game at 31-31.
On Cornersville's final possession, Brown drove past a RCA defender and knocked down a short jumper in the lane to set off a wild celebration by the Bulldogs.