The first overtime went scoreless, and the thrilling, second overtime saw each team post eight points to send it to a third extra session, where Ryan persevered with a 62-58 victory at home Monday afternoon against Denton.
“We hit some free throws late, and obviously three overtimes in, it’s a matter of a few plays here and there that determine the outcome,” Raiders head coach Bryce Overstreet said of his team’s first win of the season. “I felt that in that final overtime we were able to pull things together. We were able to get a lead in the [third] overtime, and I felt like we settled down a little bit. We still turned the ball over a little too much, though.”
Ryan built a 23-19 lead by halftime and was ahead by seven heading into the fourth quarter. Ibrahim Logan, who led all scorers with 19 points, knocked down two free throws to put the Raiders up 46-39, but Denton just wouldn’t go away.
The Broncos came up with a few crucial steals down the stretch of regulation with their suffocating trap defense and used a 9-2 run to send the game into overtime.
Denton’s Curtis Stevenson tied the game at 48-48 with less than a minute to go. Jatin Bailey then had a chance to put Ryan ahead, but he missed both free throws.
With Ryan turning the ball over in the first overtime and Denton in foul trouble, the Broncos were willing to hold for the final shot, but they couldn’t muster a quality opportunity at the rim.
“I’m really proud of my kids’ effort,” Denton head coach Harold Jackson said. “With five guys fouling out, especially two with varsity experience, I thought those young guys came in and played well. We just couldn’t make shots, and they made a couple down the stretch. We didn’t and that was the difference in the game. We were just trying to make sure we got a good shot. It was just inexperience by the guys on the floor ... we got some good looks, they just didn’t fall.”
In the second OT, the Broncos finally got into the bonus situation and Emerson Espinoza knocked down two free throws to give them their first lead in overtime at 50-49. Deamonte Hughes came up a clutch steal with 1:55 left and knocked down the transition layup to make it 52-49.
Zac Muthiani was the benefactor of a Stevenson drive and dish as his layup gave Denton its biggest lead of the game at 56-51, but that’s when Logan went to work to help Ryan come back and tie it and send the game to its final overtime period.
Logan hit two free throws with 14.1 seconds left to get the Raiders back within three points at 56-53. Then, after a Denton miss, Logan drove in for a layup and was fouled with seven seconds left. He hit the free throw to make it 56-all and keep the game alive.
“Ibrahim made a great play, not only to get the basket but made the free throw to send it into the third overtime,” Overstreet said. “Then, on top of that, we got the defensive stops that we needed.”
In the third overtime, Edson Vasquez forced a steal and finished off the play to bring Denton within 59-58 after Rodney Gladney’s opening bucket and Bailey’s free throw. That would be the only points for the Broncos in the period as the Raiders put the game away at the free-throw line.
“I was proud of our kids overcoming the adversity today and I’ve got one kid with varsity experience right now, so we are going to have some growing pains,” Overstreet said. “I thought those kids grew up a lot today. I think that this environment will help us later on. We’ve got five seniors in football that have varsity experience that will change the dynamics when that time comes, but right now these kids are getting experience.”
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Ryan 62, Denton 58 (3OT)
Denton 4 15 14 15 0 8 2 — 58
Ryan 8 15 17 8 0 8 6 — 62
Denton (1-3) — Adarian Harris 14, Curtis Stevenson 9, Deamonte Hughes 8, Emerson Espinoza 7, Edson Vasquez 6, Dolen Nicholson 5, Key’andre Hearvey 5, Zac Muthiani 4.
Ryan (1-2) — Ibrahim Logan 19, Allen Grant 14, Rodney Gladney 11, Jatin Bailey 8, Zac Brooks 6, Manny Torralba 4.