The visiting Lakers closed regulation with three straight points to force overtime, but Glendale controlled the extra session to earn a 66-59 Ozark Conference win.
“We went into a four-minute overtime, and I thought that was really big because we really gave the last four minutes to Hillcrest in the game the other day,” said Glendale junior Remington Barbo. “I thought it was a real big step for us to step up and fight the entire game - plus overtime - and I think we needed that as a team. We had a lot of players show pure hustle tonight.”
Glendale led Hillcrest by a single point with just over four minutes to play last Friday night, but let the Hornets pull away late and lost 71-57.
“The good thing about this game is, when we had to make plays down the stretch to make sure we got to overtime, we did,” said Glendale coach Sean Williamson. “And then when we got to overtime we executed well enough, made some stops, and got some rebounds to secure the win.”
A Cameron Maes putback broke the deadlock just 50 seconds into overtime, and a pair of Jared Hood free throws provided all the offense the Falcons would need to win the game. Camdenton was 0-for-overtime until Kullen Carlock knocked down a 3-pointer with 15.3 seconds to play. But it was far too little too late.
Glendale (6-8, 1-2) did most of its damage at the charity stripe in overtime, going 8-for-13 in the game’s final four minutes.
“We were gassed (in overtime),” said Camdenton assistant coach Jim Byland. He stepped in for head coach Kenny Ash, who was out with an illness. “Our best shot at winning the game was winning it in regulation. We got the last shot and we got a pretty good look.”
Nine different Falcons scored, paced by 22 from Cameron Maes. Garrett Skipworth and Jared Hood finished with 9 each.
“We missed some free throws, but at least we got there,” said Williamson. “We attacked the goal, put some pressure on their defense, and that did open up some perimeter shots.”
Glendale attempted 30 free throws in the game, connecting on 18. Camdenton (6-8, 0-2) was just 9-for-14 at the line.
Carlock poured in 30 points to lead all scorers, 22 of them after the halftime break. He buried five 3-pointers in the contest - one more than Glendale did as a team. John Hyde, one of just two seniors on the Lakers’ roster, finished with 10 for the game, though just one point came in the second half.
“We didn’t get to the free throw line enough,” said Byland. “We settled for jump shots, where they took it to the rim, got fouled and got free throws.
“Our thing is for other guys to pick it up. He’s been getting his points every night. We need a second, third, fourth guy to step it up, because he can’t win the game all by himself. We’re getting smarter, we’re getting a little bit better. We’ve got a good group of guys that want to be good, and doing all the right things.”
Narrow was the margin between the two teams all night, as they were knotted at 15 after one quarter, and a late 3-pointer by Carlock gave the Lakers a 28-27 edge at the break. Glendale pulled in front by four - the largest lead of the game by either team at that point - thanks in part to a flurry of points from Maes.
The junior wing reeled off 10 straight for the Falcons to push them in front 37-33 with just over five minutes to play in the third. Maes started the run with a bucket in the lane and wrapped a pair of 3-pointers around a slashing drive to the basket.
“I moved him to the post position in some of our set plays to try to get him the ball around the basket and get him going,” said Williamson. “I think that helped him a little bit.”
But Carlock had the answer, scoring 10 of Camdenton’s next 12 points to get them as close as a single point late in the quarter.