Bryan sinks free throws, Winterboro in overtime

Published 10:36 pm Thursday, December 3, 2009

Evan Bryan’s first chance to win Thursday’s boys basketball game against Winterboro rimmed out, but Thorsby’s senior guard would get another chance.

Bryan made two free throws with 2.5 seconds left to give the Rebels (2-0) a 62-61 win in overtime, which was necessary after Bryan’s 3-pointer with time expiring in regulation rolled around the rim but wouldn’t go in.

The hosts made two comebacks—one in regulation and one in overtime.

Winterboro (0-4) led by 10 points at the end of the third quarter, but Thorsby tied up the physical game on a Jeremiah Good free throw with just less than 1 minute to play.

All the momentum disappeared in the extra period, though, as the Rebels failed to make contact with the rim on four of their first five possessions (three turnovers and an airball) and Winterboro took a 5-point lead.

But, once again, Thorsby came storming back—and was helped by Winterboro’s making only four of nine free throws in overtime.

Andrew Farris led Thorsby with 20 points.

Marcus Bray had 16 points, and Bryan finished with 12 points.

The game was a tune-up before Thorsby begins Class 2A, Area 9 play Friday with a trip to Vincent.

Winterboro’s Bacardy McClendon led all scorers with 25 points.

Thorsby girls remain perfect

Thorsby’s girls team used full-court pressure to start the second half on a 10-0 run in a 52-25 win over Winterboro.

The Rebels are now 4-0.

Sharonda Cooper led Thorsby with 12 points. Both Ashlin Hilyer and Amanda Hubbard scored 11 points.

Jasmine Richardson scored 12 points for Winterboro (3-3).