Maryville 60, Science Hill 59
JOHNSON CITY — Just when Science Hill appeared to have punched its state tournament ticket, Maryville guard John Garrett scalped the Hilltoppers.
Garrett, a junior guard, made a game-winning 3-pointer deep from the right wing with 10 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Rebels to a 60-59 victory in a TSSAA Class AAA boys basketball sectional Monday night.
It wasn’t over until Reed Hayes missed a fading 9-foot bank shot at the buzzer. Hayes got the ball at the top of the lane on an inbounds from side frontcourt with 2.6 seconds left after Science Hill then Maryville each called a timeout.
“I thought we could get Reed on the move,” Hilltoppers coach Ken Cutlip said. “We got the shot we wanted.”
Hayes led Science Hill (37-3) with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and his two free throws were good for a 52-47 lead with 1:27 left in regulation.
Calvin Songster’s transition basket again stretched the lead to five, 54-49, with 1:14 left and the lead held until Garrett’s off-the-dribble trey deep beyond the top of the key made it 54-52 with 55 seconds left.
Garrett tied it with a three-point play with 35 seconds remaining in regulation. The official waited some 10 seconds before signaling to count the basket on the 12-foot bank shot — to the dismay of Cutlip and most of the fans in a crowd — and Garrett made the free throw to tie it.
Cutlip also didn’t like the non- whistle 34 seconds later when Will Adams drove for a game-winner at the end of regulation, but the coach was quick to credit Maryville for making tough shots.
Science Hill finished 4-of-19 from 3-point range, while the bigger Rebels (27-8) shot 6-for-10 behind the arc.
Hayes’ inside basket via an assist from C.J. Good gave Science Hill a 59-57 lead with 30 seconds remaining, setting the stage for Garrett.
Maryville committed only 10 turnovers. The Rebels shot 48 percent from the field, and Science Hill shot 35.
Cutlip said he was proud of his short team winning 37 games.
“What they’ve done is amazing,” he said. “We’re extremely disappointed, obviously, for it to end and end this way.”
Clark McCall led Maryville with 18 points, and Garrett had 16.
The ’Toppers made 17 of 19 free throws. Maryville, which opens state tournament play next week, shot 16-of-23 at the foul line.
Gibbs 54, Elizabethton 53
CORRYTON — Elizabethton had a state tournament berth locked in a major choke hold, but 5-foot-5 Gibbs point guard Aaron Corum refused to tap out.
The Cyclones coughed up a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, when Corum scored 14 of his 29 points in the final 6:29 of a stunning victory in a Class AA sectional contest that sent Gibbs (25-8) to Murfreesboro and ended Elizabethton’s season.
Zach Norwood led the Cyclones (25-8) with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. Zeke Clark added 11 points, five rebounds and seven assists, Aaron Miller scored 11 points and Will Robinson totaled eight points, eight rebounds and five steals.