There's a saying in basketball "Live by the three, die by the three".
Apparently, someone forgot to tell the Seneca Indians part two of the adage.
Will King's club knocked down nine treys, shocking top seeded Mount Vernon 51-47 in overtime of Saturday night's Class 3 - District 12 championship in Seneca.
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"We've got shooters. Mount Vernon came out in that zone and it’s just a matter of time before they get heated up. They may be little guys, but they're not bashful. They're going to shoot it and they've hit all net, all year long so I knew it was just a matter of time before they hit big shots," said King.
The win comes on the heels of a 66-62 Big 8 loss to the Mountaineers at home just two weeks ago. That coupled with the fact that the 'Neers have beaten the Indians in district in each of the past three seasons makes this win even more special.
"Mount Vernon has ended our last three seasons here at Seneca. We wanted to pay them back and get a district title at the same time, so that was a good deal," said reigning Big 8 Player of the Year Kyler Ng.
Mount Vernon had seemingly taken control of the game midway through the third frame. The Mountaineers had built a 29-21 lead on the back of sophomore forward Chandler Myer's 18 points.
However, when junior guard Seth Harris knocked down the first of his three triples on the night, the Indians got going.
“We've got several shooters that can shoot the ball extremely well, and it’s like one of us gets going, we all start hitting. We are tough to stop when all of us are on," said Ng.
Harris and Ng would each add another triple before the end of the quarter, giving Seneca a 30-29 to end the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was every boxing fans dream, with the two teams going blow for blow knocking down big shot after big shot.
Mount Vernon senior Shane Williams went on a personal 4-0 run, answering a three at the other end by Harris, to give Mount Vernon a 40-36 lead with 3 minutes to play.
But the Indians would sandwich a Myer layup with treys by Ng and Bradley Jumper, with the later ultimately forcing overtime.
The extra session would see Mount Vernon jump out to a 45-42 lead on a Myer's lay-up and free throw.
Seneca senior Logan St. Clair would answer with a baseline jumper, pulling the Indians within one.
Then, with just a 1:24 remaining, Seneca would save its biggest three for last.
With Mount Vernon still sitting in its 2-3 zone, the ball was swung around the perimeter, finding Jumper alone in the corner. The junior calmly knocked down his fourth three of the game, putting Seneca ahead for good 47-45.
"People started knocking down more and more shots and I just started getting more confident from that," said Jumper.
From there, Seneca would knock down 4-of-6 free throws over the final minute to put the game away.
"It feels great to win it at home. It means a lot to me, but it means so much to our kids. I know every coach brags on his kids, but these kids have worked so hard and have battled all year. Mount Vernon is an outstanding team; we knew it would be a battle. We got down and our kids just kept battling. They deserved this one. This is a special team," said King.
Seneca advanced to take on Strafford in Wednesday's sectional round at BBC. Strafford, also the Indians, defeated Fair Grove 65-56 to claim the Class 3 - District 11 crown.
"Strafford will be tough, extremely tough; they are a very good team. But, at this time of the year everyone is good. I told our guys, we're good too or we wouldn't be here. We will rest tomorrow and come to work on Monday. We'll be ready," said King.
Myers finished with a game-high 28 points. Ng led Seneca with 15.