In a game that saw the top two seeds of the 89th Annual Stephens County Tournament meet, the Velma-Alma Comets needed extra time and ended up with 57-50 victory over Marlow in overtime to repeat as Stephens County Tournament Champions.
Velma-Alma got off to a fast start getting a three bucket from Austin Hunt and two buckets from Morgan Cox and Tyler Stewart to lead 7-0 early in the first quarter.
A three from Josiah Johnson got the Outlaws on the board with Cox hitting his second bucket and a free throw from Tristan Wainscott gave the Comets the 10-3 lead after one quarter of play.
Free throws helped both teams keep the game close as Velma-Alma hit five of their attempts while Marlow got three of their attempts to fall.
A three point bucket from Marlow coming off the hands of Jace Gilbert put the Outlaws down by two before Velma-Alma hit a free throw and a three pointer from Wainscott to go into half with a six-point lead.
In the third quarter both teams tried to gain ground with Marlow getting as close to the four point Velma-Alma lead, however, the Comets ended the quarter scoring six straight points compared to Marlow’s two points.
Leading by eight heading into the final quarter of play, the bench for the Outlaws proved to be a big part as freshman Avery Payne got two big threes to come racing back.
Velma-Alma would get free throws to build the lead back up from Cox and put them up by three when Gilbert and Blake Harris started to make some noise.
Harris hit a bucket to put the Comets lead to one point when a three point bucket from Gilbert gave them their first lead but a pass from Cox to Jace Saville hitting the bucket tied the ball game up.
Both teams tried to make last minute shots but none would fall and the teams would head into overtime with the score deadlocked at 41 apiece and the offense flowing in the overtime quarter.
Stewart got the lead from the Outlaws first and was able to hit a free throw to put the lead at three points when Saville hit a bucket and got some free throws as well to put the lead at seven points.
The first of three long range shots fell for the Outlaws as Gilbert hit one to bring it within four points when Wainscott was fouled and hit both of his free throws to put the lead at six points.
Hunt would make the second of his two free throw attempts to put the Comets up by seven and Stewart would make another backer to put them up by eight points.
Saville went to the line and hit two free throws to put them up by 11 when Payne hit a three but the game would be sealed at the charity stripe when Wainscott hit his final two free throws to put them up by 10.
One last three was hit by Harris but it was a little late and the Comets repeated as Stephens County Tournament Champions and improved their record to 16-2 as they head into two home games this week.
With the loss, Marlow drops their record to 9-7 on the year and they have a road game to start this week then homecoming on Friday evening.
Leading scorers for the game were Wainscott with 16, Cox had 14, Saville had 11, Stewart had 10 and Hunt had six to round out the scoring for the Comets.
The Outlaws were led by Gilbert who had 19, Payne had nine points and JP Forsythe had seven in the championship game of the tournament.
The All-Tournament team was announced after the trophy presentation and VA’s Cox was the MVP, Cooper Keck was named 6-man, and the hustle award went to Marlow’s Gilbert.
The five members of the All-Tournament team were Comanche’s JJ Francis, Hunt and Saville from Velma-Alma and Johnson and Harris from Marlow were the other representatives.
The next games for the Comets will be at 6:30 and 8 p.m. where the Lady Comets and Comets host Alex and the Marlow the Lady Outlaws and Outlaws will head to Washington starting at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow evening.