Sonoraville boys 69, Ringgold 64 (OT)
The Phoenix bounced back with a clutch, comeback win to secure third place in Region 6-AAA on Saturday.
Sonoraville (23-4) trailed by four in the fourth quarter at 60-56 but got a three-pointer from Seth Harkins to cut the deficit to 60-59 with 19.6 seconds remaining. After Ringgold (19-7) hit 1-of-2 free throws with 13.7 seconds to go, Sonoraville’s Wil Walraven attempted a 3-pointer that missed short but got his own rebound and hit a putback with 5.2 seconds to go to tie it at 61-61. The Phoenix then forced a contested shot by the Tigers that missed to force overtime.
The Phoenix then outscored Ringgold 8-3 in the extra session to seal the victory with Walraven scoring five of those points. The senior finished with 25 points to lead Sonoraville, including three 3-pointers. Trent Daniel added 13, and Lucas Brooks scored 10.
“I’m extremely proud of these guys for how they bounced back and played today,” said Sonoraville coach Brent Mashburn. “When you have your sights set on winning a region championship and then tall short, you wonder how your team will bounce back. I apologized to our guys for thinking they wouldn’t be able to when they have always responded well to losses this year. We made some plays late in the game and got the defensive stops we needed to come back and get the win in overtime.
“When you go 23-4, that’s a pretty good season and something to be proud of.”
Logan Hullender led Ringgold with 28 points. Cade Nayadley added 12, and Nate Nation scored 10.
Sonoraville enters the Class AAA State Tournament as the No. 3 seed from 6-AAA and will visit defending state champion Pace Academy in the first round on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
“You know as a No. 3 seed you’re going to play a good team, but I would like to think they will have their hands full as well,” said Mashburn. “We’re going to go down there and play our game and see how it plays out. We’re looking forward to it.”