With the game tied at 47, Forsyth turned the ball over to Fair Grove and Kyle Cavanaugh drove to the basket to put the Eagles up 49-47 with 1:15 on the clock.
In an attempt to save the ball from going out of bounds on their next possession, Forsyth threw the ball right back into the hands of Cavanaugh who was then fouled. He made one of two free throws to give the Eagles a three-point lead with 38.6 seconds.
Brandon Jahn missed his opportunity to tie it up with a shot from beyond the arc. He grabbed the rebound and put it back for two with 11.8 seconds to play, leaving the Panthers one point shy of the lead.
Cavanaugh was fouled on the inbound and made one free throw to give Forsyth 6.1 seconds to make a move. It was enough time for the Panthers to drive the length of the court and throw up a shot. Risten Grady came down with the rebound for Forsyth but missed the put-back to send the game to overtime.
“I’m proud of the way our guys showed toughness to step up and execute in the fourth quarter,” said Fair Grove head coach Tim Brown. “They were able to get stops when they really needed to.”
Forsyth scored seven unanswered points to start the game, beginning the battle of runs between the two teams.
The Eagles took their first lead of the night in the beginning of the second quarter. Forsyth narrowed the gap but a three-point shot by Jayden Happel at the buzzer gave the Eagles a 24-19 advantage at halftime.
Forsyth’s foul trouble, missed shots and missed rebounds allowed Fair Grove to hang onto its lead into the second half. Happel’s three-point shot to end the third quarter put the Eagles up by nine—their largest lead of the night.
The Panthers battled back and even regained the lead in the fourth quarter, but were unable to hit key shots needed to take the game from the Eagles.
“There were definitely some rough spots, especially when Forsyth got ahead, but we kept our heads and kept it together,” said Cavanaugh.
Cavanaugh led the Eagles in scoring with 19 points. Jahn was high scorer of the night with 20.
Fair Grove will face Kickapoo in the first round of the Blue and Gold tournament 11 a.m. December 26 at Hammons. Forsyth will return to the court January 3 against Spokane.
Score by quarters:
Fair Grove 10 14 13 14 -51
Forsyth 11 8 9 21 -49
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