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Boys basketball: Rome downs East Paulding in overtime thriller

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Rome junior Dean Merriweather concentrates on a free throw in a game earlier this season (File/RN-T)

Brittany Hannah

Rome 56, East Paulding 52 (OT)

Continuing their late-season surge, Rome earned an overtime win on the road in Region 5-AAAAA.

Rome trailed 28-18 at the half before rallying back to force overtime. The Wolves then outscored East Paulding 8-5 in the extra session.

Matthew Scott and Ben Burge scored 13 points each for Rome, and DJ Hunter added 10.

Rome finished 24-of-30 at the foul line for the game, including going 7-for-8 in overtime.

The Wolves (7-16, 4-9) have now won four of their last six games and seven of their past 12.