Bees boys stunned in 2OT by Little Giants
Lynchburg News & Advance
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
 
The Brookville boys' season wasn't supposed to end. Not this early. Not after a perfect Seminole District season.

But after Logan Thomas' desperation 3 drifted wide in the second overtime of Tuesday night's home game against Waynesboro, a sad realization hit every Bee fan in the gym - their season was prematurely over.

Nick Gore scored 29 points to lead Waynesboro to a 47-43 upset against Brookville in the Region III quarterfinals, ending the Bees' hopes of making a deep run in the postseason.

"I don't have a whole lot to say," Brookville coach Chris Young said. "It was an absolute battle. ? We had our opportunities. We really did. We just didn't capitalize down the stretch."

Waynesboro advances to play Broadway in the Region III semifinals on Thursday at James Madison.

Logan Thomas scored 24 points and blocked four shots, and George Williams added 10 points for the Bees (19-5), who looked in control midway through the third quarter but watched as the Little Giants rallied from a 10-point deficit to steal a win.

Gore broke a 42-all tie in the second overtime with a driving layup with 1:17 remaining. Waynesboro led 45-42 with 13.1 seconds left when Brookville's Corby Weiss grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled.

But Weiss made 1 of 2 from the line and the Giants came away with the rebound after a scramble. Joey Thompson went to the foul line with 5.9 seconds left and made the second of two free throws to put Waynesboro up by three again.

Instead of inbounding the ball immediately, Thomas made a pass along the baseline to Weiss, who was legally out of bounds when he caught it. Thomas then darted down the sideline to catch a deep pass from Weiss.

It worked and Thomas was in good position to get a look at a 3, but the officials stopped the play. The clock had started prematurely, running off 1.7 seconds when it still should have been stopped.

The officials reset the clock and put the ball back on the baseline under the Bees' basket. This time, Thomas took a pass up the middle and threw up a running 3-pointer from just inside the halfcourt line that missed.

Waynesboro cleaned up the rebound and made a free throw at the other end to seal it.

"It's extremely tough," Young said.

The Giants trailed 23-13 halfway through the third quarter but used an aggressive 2-1-2 zone to stifle the Bees' offense and tie the game at 30 by the end of regulation.

Waynesboro went ahead 38-32 in the first overtime with two minutes to play. But the Bees erased the lead in the blink of an eye, sandwiching a pair of 3s by Thomas around a John Deacon layup to take a two-point lead.

Gore answered with a reverse layup, dribbling to the baseline to tie things with 22 seconds left.

"He reminds me a lot of Dirk (Nowitzki) in the NBA," Young said. "He can post up, he can shoot the 3, he can take you off the dribble. He's a heck of a player."

Brookville had a chance to win, but Williams lost the handle on the ball and couldn't get a shot off, similar to the end of regulation.