Overton got to celebrate a championship stocking filled with lots of threes.
The Bobcats somehow carved out a 76-68 overtime win over Memphis Westwood to win a third straight Overton Christmas tournament basketball title Thursday.
The heroics came mainly from tournament co-MVP Mookie Betts, who banked in a 3-point shot with five seconds left and sent it into overtime at 64-64. Betts, who coincidentally wears No. 3, also hit a step-back 3 early in overtime that gave the Bobcats the lead for good, 67-66.
Overton eventually outscored Westwood 12-4 in the overtime. Betts, a 5-foot-11 point guard, scored 11 of the 12 points, including four straight free throws, in the final 17 seconds. He ended with 25 points and seven assists.
“I had no clue as to what I was thinking just before I hit that 3 [to tie it],” Betts said after being mobbed by fans and teammates. “I just knew we needed a 3 to tie it. When I shot it, I knew it was on line, but I didn’t know it would bank in. In the overtime, I just tried to get to the rim and either score or get fouled.”
On the inside, the Bobcats used a Superman effort by forward Frank Lobasco, who was the other co-MVP of the tournament. Lobasco hauled down a school record 27 rebounds in addition to his 13 points.
In his four tournament games, Lobasco grabbed 73 rebounds as he became a one-man wrecking crew on the boards.
“I knew I had to crash the glass hard, because they [Westwood] are so strong on the boards,” the 6-3, 215-pound Lobasco said. “This is my senior year, and I want to give everything I’ve got so that I don’t disappoint my teammates. I thank God for giving me this ability.”
Overton (11-4) built a huge 40-24 lead shortly before halftime before the Longhorns made a furious comeback. Westwood finally caught up at 58-58, and soon after led by as many as four, 63-59.
Lobasco’s put-back cut it to two. After the ‘Horns hit 1-of-2 free throws, giving them a three-point lead, Betts hit his game-tying shot, giving the Bobcats the momentum heading into overtime. Westwood got an early hoop, then Betts scored 11 straight points, building the lead to 75-66.
“We won this on heart and determination,’’ said Overton coach James McKee, whose teams are 12-0 in three Overton tournaments since he became head coach. “Our guys simply refused to lose the game.”
Prior to 2008, Overton had not won its tournament since 1995.
Brandon McPhail and Justin Perry added 19 and 17 for Overton, which will meet McGavock Tuesday in its district opener.
East Lit (11-1) edged Whites Creek 71-69 in the third-place game.
• In the girls championship game, Rossview held off host Overton 46-42 to win the title, despite 12 points by the Bobcats’ Rashida Ademosu.
Lipscomb beat Glencliff 26-19 in the girls third place game.
• Host Ryan topples Hillsboro for title: Host Father Ryan captured the annual Ryan Christmas tournament, rolling past Hillsboro 54-38 in the championship game. It was the first tournament title for the host team since 2003.
Tournament MVP Patrick Pinckney led all scorers with 12 points and the Irish (10-2) used a suffocating man defense that allowed the Burros few open looks.
“It all starts with our defense,” the 6-foot-2 Pinckney said. “That was the key and everyone contributed.
“I have to say I am a bit surprised a little bit by how well we’ve been playing,” veteran coach Doug Bontrager said. “Our defense was solid. We’ve definitely improved since the season started, but we have a ways to go.”
Andre Agassi and Patrick Corby also made all-tourney for Ryan. Ikeem Bergeron and Isiah Harrison made all-tourney for Hillsboro.
“We just don’t have what it takes yet, to win at this level,” said Hillsboro coach Rodney Thweat, whose Burros lost all five starters from last year. “We have two seniors, and we are coming around and, overall, we had a very good tournament.”
The Burros (4-7) take on Franklin Tuesday in their district opener.
Mt. Juliet (9-5) stormed past Centennial 60-50 to claim third place as Caleb Chowbay scored 17 for the Bears who were down 24-22 at the half.
In earlier games, LaVergne beat Clarksville 54-50 for fifth place, and Shelbyville stopped Oakland 65-55 for seventh.
• CPA captures title: Red-hot CPA thumped the host Bucs 57-43 to win the Beech Christmas tournament Thursday night.
Craig Bradshaw poured in 23, and Jalen Lindsey added 17 for the Lions and were named tournament co-MVPs.