C.E. Talton scored with two seconds left in regulation to force overtime before Monroe City prevailed 54-49 in overtime at Knox County.

C.E. Talton saved Monroe City boys basketball coach Brock Edris from having his birthday spoiled Wednesday night.

The Monroe City junior scored a driving layup with two seconds left in regulation to force overtime against Knox County.

With momentum heading into the extra four-minute period, the Panthers were able to escape with a 54-49 win and avoid the Eagles bid for the upset.

Talton finished with a game-high 20 points.

Knox County controlled the game until the final seconds of regulation.

The Eagles led 10-7 after the first eight minutes of play and 22-18 at the half.

The Panthers offense started to click in the third, outscoring Knox County 16-14, but they still trailed by two heading into the fourth.

“Coach (Zach) Short had his team ready to play tonight,” Edris said of his coaching counterpart. “They played disciplined and led the entire game until overtime.”

The Panthers trailed by as many as eight in the second half before they started to chip away at the deficit.

Blake Hays scored nine points, while Zach Osborn and Antwuan Battle each added eight points.

The Panthers connected on 13 of 18 shots from the free-throw line, while Knox County misfired on eight of its 13 freebies.

With the win, Monroe City improved to 17-3 on the season.