Lincoln Prep 65, Bastrop 64 (OT)
Chanse Robinson lived out a fantasy that every basketball dreams about.
Standing at the free throw line all alone, Robinson stroked both ends of a two-shot foul with no time left on the clock to give Lincoln Prep a 65-64 victory over Bastrop, Tuesday night at Sam's Place.
In a game that featured 10 lead changes — four in overtime — Bastrop went up 64-63 as Danny Hill made both ends of a double bonus with five seconds remaining.
After a timeout, Robinson was bumped while driving for a layup. Lincoln Prep shot just 11-of-29 (37.9 percent) from the line and Robinson only made eight of his first 15 attempts. But the sophomore guard was clutch when it counted as neither free throw drew iron.
Robinson received a well-deserved mobbing from his teammates after the game, and not just because of the game-deciding free throws. Carrying the Panthers (1-4) on his back, Robinson scored 25 of his 41 points after halftime as the visitors rallied from a 14-point second quarter deficit.
"Zero (Robinson's uniform number) is their guy. We knew that coming in. He made 4-of-4 free throws down the stretch," Bastrop coach Theabury Odom said. "Lincoln Prep deserved to win the game. They out-played us down the stretch. When we went to overtime, we got away from our gameplan."
Fittingly, the game was decided at the free throw line as the two sides were whistled for 55 fouls and combined to hoist up 67 free throws.
Although the Rams shot free throws slightly better than the Panthers — 21-of-38 (55.2 percent) — the missed chances would prove costly.
"We didn't make our shots when we needed to," Odom said. "We had opportunities to put the game away with free shots, and we didn't."
Bastrop broke out to a 16-9 first quarter lead and went up by as many as 14, 26-12, with 3:11 remaining before halftime.
Trailing 29-16, the Panthers used an 11-2 run to claw their way back into the game.
Robinson accounted for seven points during the flurry, including his only 3-pointer. Christian Wright's bucket from underneath shaved the deficit to 31-27 at intermission.
Lincoln Prep held a 45-44 lead at the end of three.
Neither team led by more than two points in the fourth quarter. Bastrop's Denterrius McHenry made the back end of a double bonus to tie the game at 55 with 45 seconds remaining in regulation.
Robinson's rushed deep 3 caromed off the front of the rim as the horn sounded.
Tracking down the overtime tip, Robinson's layup gave the Panthers a 57-55 lead.
Bastrop responded with five straight points on a McHenry free throw, a Christian Smith layup and Hill's rebound bucket to go up 60-57.
Lincoln Prep's Jacoby Roberson and Cortlen Newsome traded buckets to keep the spread at three, 62-59.
Two Robinson free throws and Trevon Ford's 12-foot jumper gave the Panthers a 63-62 lead with 21 seconds remaining.
Bastrop missed two straight free throws on its ensuing possession, but Hill was fouled on the rebound. Hill made both free throws as the Rams regained the upper hand, 63-62 with five seconds remaining, setting the stage for Robinson's heroics.
Robinson was the lone double figures scorer for the Panthers, who avenged a 58-55 season-opening home court loss to the Rams. Providing scoring support were Roberson with eight, James Ceasar with five, Ford with four, Wright with three and Isaiah Gray and Montraveon Harris with two apiece.
Hill scored four of his 14 points in overtime to pace the Rams (4-2). Newsome finished with 12, McHenry with 11, Smith with nine, Garrett Guirlando with seven, Neverless Frazier and SirQuan Hawkins with four, Jordan Rabun with two and Celento Traylor with one.
Playing their third game in four days, the Rams are paired against New Orleans J.S. Clark in the Delhi Tournament on Thursday at 5:15 p.m.