By Stephen Hargis
NASHVILLE Despite a great start, McCallie was unable to hold off a rally today by Evangelical Christian, who outlasted the Blue Tornado 68-62 in double overtime in a Division II state semifinal at David Lipscomb University.
After scoring the games first seven points, McCallie led by as much as 16 with four minutes remaining in the second quarter. However, ECS outscored McCallie 11-4 to close the first half, then opened the third on an 8-2 run. The Eagles continued to chip away at the deficit and by the opening minute of the fourth, it was down to two.
We felt like we were in control, but then we got careless, said McCallies Jordan Hobbs, who finished with 25 points. We made some mistakes and got in foul trouble and let them crawl back in it.
McCallie, which has never advanced past the semifinals of a state tournament, again pulled away by as much as six with four minutes remaining. But ECS Tim Johnson was simply too strong down the stretch. The 6-foot-5, 230 pound post dominated inside to lead ECS back to a 53-all tie in the closing seconds.
Johnson missed two shots in the final five seconds of regulation and his tip-in at the buzzer of the first overtime was waived off, although it appeared to have gotten off before time expired.
Theres a light behind the basket, and it didnt go off until the ball was already in the air, so it should have counted, Johnson said. But we felt like we were in better shape and we would eventually get them.
In the second overtime, Tim and Andy Johnson, who are not related, scored eight of ECS nine points and McCallie made just one field goal.
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