Jordan Berry’s Last-Second Three-Pointer Sends Tyler Lee To Double OT Win Over Tyler All Saints For Wagstaff Title
TYLER -- Good things come to those who wait. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Both clichés were perfect fits for the Tyler Lee Red Raiders on Wednesday night.
Tyler Lee employed a full-blown stall tactic in both the first and second overtime period of the Wagstaff Holiday Classic's Platinum Bracket championship game with Tyler All Saints. And after a failed attempt at a game-winning shot at the end of the first OT, Red Raiders junior guard Jordan Berry drilled a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds remaining in the second for a tightly-contested 41-38 victory.
The Red Raiders (10-3) finished the three-day event at 3-0 with wins over Whitehouse (68-45) and Liberty-Eylau (58-48) to begin the week. All Saints (21-2), meanwhile, suffered just its second loss of the season and first since a 60-57 defeat at Frisco Wakeland on Dec. 2.
With the game even at 38-38, Tyler Lee won the tip to start the first overtime and immediately went into stall-mode as guard Isjuwan Barker dribbled in place just across the timeline. Lee finally got into its offense with about 20 seconds remaining, but an All Saints steal and timeout with 3.4 seconds to play gave the Trojans a chance at victory.
The inbounds pass went to Luke Lee, who was unable to get a clean shot away before time expired.
It was more of the same in the second OT session. This time, Berry threw a pass into the paint to 6-8 forward Garrett Thibodeaux, who dished it back out to Berry, who knocked down the game-winning 3-point shot with less than a second remaining.
Berry provided most of the offense for Lee with 16 points to go along with his five rebounds and three steals. Thibodeaux, who has signed with Air Force, struggled on the offensive end for much of the night but finished with eight points, 10 rebounds, two assists and five blocked shots.
All Saints, which came into Wednesday averaging 82 points per game with a 3-point shooting percentage of 40 percent, experienced difficulties from long range throughout. Senior guard Aston Francis, who averages more than 23 points per game, managed just eight on the night.
Jaired Maddox led the Trojans with 11 points to go with five rebounds, while Luke Lee finished with seven points and a game-high 12 boards. Spencer Ball added nine points and four rebounds in the loss.
Tyler Lee led All Saints by as many as 11 points in the first half, but a strong third-quarter surge by the Trojans trimmed the Lee lead to two entering the fourth, 34-32.
With All Saints facing the slim deficit, Lee began to stall on offense at the outset of the fourth quarter as the Trojans entered the final stanza with just two team fouls in the half.
The Red Raiders' lead was up to six, 38-32, by the time they were in the bonus. A Francis 3-pointer cut the Lee lead in half with 2:15 remaining in regulation, and a free throw from Ball that was sandwiched by two Lee misses on the front ends of one-and-one free-throw situations cut the Trojans' deficit to two, 38-36.
All Saints tied the game when Maddox stepped in front of a Lee pass at midcourt and raced the other way for layup with 38 seconds remaining in regulation.
Lee had one more chance to win it in the fourth, but the Red Raiders failed to get off a shot attempt before the buzzer sounded.
Berry and the Red Raiders were on fire to begin the game, racing out to a 16-7 lead after one quarter. Berry scored nine points in the first six minutes, and Lee closed the period on a 9-2 run.
The Red Raiders' lead reached 11 in the second quarter, but a Francis 3-pointer followed by a Maddox jumper late in the half cut Lee's advantage to 22-17 at the break. All Saints hung around in the third with Ball draining a 3 at the beginning of the quarter and one at the end to bring All Saints to within two points entering the fourth.
Both teams continue their seasons Friday. All Saints plays at Kilgore at 3 p.m., while Lee plays host to Garland Lakeview Centennial in the District 11-6A opener at 7 p.m.
Tyler Lee 41, Tyler All Saints 38 (2OT)
Wagstaff Holiday Classic
Platinum Bracket Championship Game
At Wagstaff Gymnasium, Tyler
All Saints 7 10 15 6 0 0 -- 38
Tyler Lee 16 6 12 4 0 3 -- 41
ALL SAINTS (21-2) -- Jaired Maddox, 11; Spencer Ball, 9; Aston Francis, 8; Luke Lee, 7; Sean Phillips 3.
TYLER LEE (10-3) -- Jordan Berry, 16; Garrett Thibodeaux, 8; Isjuwan Barker, 7; Rico Major, 6; Jordan Devers, 2; Zach Hall, 2.
THREE-POINT GOALS -- All Saints: Ball (2), Francis (2). Tyler Lee: Berry (2).