The Monroe City boys basketball team refused to be denied Saturday in an 85-83 double overtime win over Blair Oaks.
The Monroe City boys basketball team refused to be denied Saturday afternoon in an 85-83 double overtime win over Blair Oaks at the Central Bank Shootout in Jefferson City.
Bryce Stark made a layup for Monroe City (18-3) at the end of regulation to send the game into extra time tied at 61.
After Tim Fick sank a go-ahead 3-pointer for Blair Oaks (16-5) with less than three seconds left in the first overtime, C.E. Talton delivered a desperation three for Monroe City that beat the buzzer to knot the score 71-all and force a second extra session.
Talton scored 10 of his game-high 45 points in the second overtime to help Monroe City fend off the Falcons.
Monroe City grew its lead as large as 79-71 before Fick nailed a pair of threes to pull Blair Oaks to within three with 28 seconds left. Brayden Pritchett converted a conventional three-point play off a turnover to cut the Falcons deficit to one.
Antwuan Battle swished two free throws for the Panthers with 10 seconds remaining.
Fick, who scored all 26 of his points after halftime, was fouled while shooting a three with five seconds left and made a trio of shots from the foul line to tie it up at 83 with five seconds on the clock.
Talton was fouled with half a second remaining and knocked down two free throws to provide the final dagger.
Zach Osborn scored seven of his nine points in the first half to help Monroe City take a 27-26 halftime edge.
Battle connected for a pair of threes in the third to keep the Panthers ahead 42-37 at the end of the period.
Talton, who made 13 of his 14 free-throw attempts and six threes, saved his best for last in the shootout victory. The junior playmaker netted 25 points in the fourth quarter or later.
Monroe City needed every bit of his career night.
After the Panthers scored the first five points of the fourth to take a 10-point advantage, the Falcons rallied to retake the lead late in regulation.
Blair Oaks made all 11 of its attempts from the foul line in the fourth quarter and 7 of 8 in extra time.
Monroe City almost matched that consistency on free throws, making 18 of its 24 tries on the night.
The opponents combined for 23 made 3-pointers, with Blair Oaks making 12 in the loss.
Blake Hays and Dalton McAfee each joined Talton in double figures for the Panthers with 10 points a piece. McAfee stepped up for four points in the fourth quarter, while Hays made a three in the fourth and another in the first overtime session.
Battle finished with eight points in the win, while Stark scored three. Stark's game-tying field goal in the final seconds of regulation was his only of the game.
Monroe City is scheduled to host Palmyra on Tuesday night.