An Avinger player hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds of the fourth quarter Friday to take Slidell into overtime.
But despite being down two starters in the extra period, the Greyhounds rallied for a 71-65 victory in the Class A Division II area game.
“We all gutted it out,” said Slidell’s Isaac Davis, who poured in 36 points. “All the starters and the bench players did what we needed to do. Everyone played a role.”
Tyler Maynard added 14 for the Greyhounds.
Slidell coach Todd McCormick praised his entire team for continuing to fight back in the fourth quarter and overtime.
“It was one of the guttiest performances I’ve seen from high school kids,” McCormick said. “[Avinger] had the momentum going into overtime, but we fought back.”
Slidell with the victory moved on to play defending Class A Division II state champion Roxton Tuesday.
Playing the 17th-ranked team in Class A Division II, Slidell matched Avinger shot-for-shot in the first half. Davis scored 14 in the first quarter and 19 in the half as the Greyhounds led 35-34 at the break.
Avinger went on a 15-9 run in the third to take a 49-44 lead. But the Greyhounds, with Maynard and Khristian Talamantes leading the defensive effort, limited Avinger to just seven points through the first 7:50 of the fourth quarter.
Slidell took a 59-56 lead into the final 10 seconds, before the trey – one of three for Avinger in the game – tied it at 59.
“We contested their shooters, and they hit only one three through 31 minutes and 50 seconds,” McCormick said. “Tyler and Khristian did a great job guarding their two shooters and took them out of the game.”
In the overtime, Davis fought cramps in his legs, but managed to score seven of the Greyhounds’ 12 points to get the win.