Led by senior Tevin Mack’s 43 points and 10 rebounds, Dreher defeated Hammond 70-67 in a double-overtime thriller in front of a standing room only crowd in the Chick-fil-A Classic tournament at Richland Northeast on Friday.
“Most of it was just guts and want-to,” Dreher coach Jeff DiBattisto said. “The biggest thing was our bench. We had some guys step up, especially in that second overtime.”
Hammond led by as many as 22 points in the first half, but Deandre Nathaniel went to the line with 5:03 left to play and sank both free throws to tie the game.
Junior guard Seventh Woods put up points to help Hammond stay in front, and when Nathaniel stroked a 3 that put Dreher up by one, Hammond senior Xavier McDaniel answered, putting the score at 48-46.
But with 4.9 seconds left, Nathaniel swished another trey to knot the score at 50 and force overtime. A putback jumper from Mack put Dreher in the lead in the first extra session, and with 19 seconds left, Dreher held a 5-point lead. Woods put up a bucket with 13 seconds to go, and on the final possession, dished to McDaniel, whose 3-pointer sent the game to double-overtime 60-60.
Mack set the final score with three free throws.
“I’m happy that we were able to get back in it, to get that overtime, but I’m extremely displeased at how we did in the rebounding,” Hammond coach Mark McClam said. The Skyhawks were outrebounded 54-35.
Woods finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Chevez Goodwin posted 10 points and nine rebounds.
Woods and Mack might have been the main attractions, but Hammond freshman Lucas Prickett put on a show early in the game.
Prickett put up a 3-pointer off an assist from Woods to get the Skyhawks started. Seconds later, he added a defensive board and lane-driving layup, and then another 3, to give Hammond a healthy 8-0 lead against Dreher’s zone defense. Prickett finished with 18 points to lead Hammond.
At the other end of the court, Michael Turner and Chevez Goodwin’s post play kept Dreher at bay. Mack put the Blue Devils on the board after nearly six minutes of play, and scored the first 5 points for Dreher.
Woods responded with a 3-point bucket, and McDaniel added another to keep the Skyhawks well in front.
Another 3 from Woods put Hammond up by 20 with 55 seconds left in the first half. The half closed with Hammond leading 34-15.
Dreher’s mistakes were costly, as Hammond scored 10 points off turnovers in the half.
But Mack gave the Blue Devils life with five points early in the second half, and Boyd Parr’s short jumper brought Hammond’s lead back into single digits, 34-25. Mack fought Goodwin under the basket and came up with a layup and free throw that turned what had been a runaway into a three possession game with 11 minutes left to play. And with 6:50 left to play, Mack gave the crowd what it wanted with a slamming jam off an assist from Grayson Stiglbauer.