It was a bizarre ending by anyone's standards, but the Belleville West Maroons escaped with a 74-72 Southwestern Conference road victory Friday over the East St. Louis Flyers.
West had a three-point lead with 20 seconds remaining, but the Flyers tied it on a wide-open 3-pointer by Daniel Williams.
West senior guard Nick Van Osdale then got between two defenders and hit a shot to give the Maroons a 74-72 lead when things became even more interesting.
After calling a timeout with 2.7 seconds remaining, the Flyers threw a long inbounds pass to senior guard Deshawn Munson on the baseline.
Munson went up for a shot which Van Osdale was there to block, with the officials calling a jump ball.
"Nick was right in front of him and basically stuffed him," West coach Joe Muniz said. "They both had the ball in their hands. They called a jump ball and then the horn sounded."
Muniz said when the horn sounded, there were still 0.7 seconds remaining on the clock. He said players from both teams ran onto the court, leading to a rare double technical foul being assessed.
"There was a horn that sounded right after the play, but there was still time on the clock," Muniz said. "I thought the game was over myself, because I heard the horn, but I think it was accidentally hit."
As a result of the double technical, the call went to the possession arrow, which belonged to the Maroons.
West was then able to inbound the ball successfully, allowing the Maroons (5-2 overall, 2-2 SWC) to escape with a win over the Flyers (3-4, 2-2).
This wasn't a typical game-ending scenario.
"I know I haven't seen it and I'm pretty sure (West assistant) Roger Mueller, who has been on the bench for 40-something years, hasn't seen it either," Muniz said. "It was crazy."
East St. Louis led by 12 in the first quarter and by seven at halftime, but the Maroons turned things around with a big third-quarter push.
"We challenged the kids at halftime to start playing team basketball and picking each other up," Muniz said.
West got a pair of 3-pointers from D.J. Owens and Markkies Goodwin added two shots underneath as the Flyers were trying to contain the high-scoring Van Osdale.
The Flyers fell behind by nine in the fourth quarter, but fought all the way back to tie it.
"They made some plays down the stretch and made some big shots," Muniz said.
West also got 14 points from Isaiah Lewis, 13 from Goodwin and 11 from Owens.
The Flyers' Johnny McCray led all scorers with 26 points while Munson added 19 and Williams finished with 11.
Edwardsville 76, Granite City 55
Western Illinois University recruit Garret Covington scored 22 points to help Edwardsville coach Mike Waldo win his 500th game with the Tigers.
Edwardsville (7-1) improved to 3-1 in the SWC while Granite City (5-4) dropped to 1-3. Waldo's record at Edwardsville is 500-182 in 25 seasons.
Alton 50, Collinsville 47
Alton's Tyrome Parker scored 18 points and A'basa Brown added 11 as the Redbirds (5-3 overall, 3-1 in the SWC) made their road trip to Collinsville pay off with a SWC victory.
Collinsville's Falando Wilkinson led all scorers with 19 points as the Kahoks dropped to 4-4 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
Carlyle 40, Central 37
Carlyle outscored defending Class 2A state champion Central 14-9 in the fourth quarter and handed the Cougars a rare Cahokia Conference-Mississippi Division defeat.
Cody Huels led the Indians (5-1 overall, 2-0 in league play) with 10 points while John Becker and Alex Voss contributed eight points each.
Kyler Scheer had 10 points for Central (6-3, 2-1) and Jacob Timmermann had nine. Carlyle hit just 12 of 23 free throws and Central was 8-for-15 at the line.
Highland 37, Triad 33
Highland and Triad didn't put up a double-digit scoring quarter until the final period and Highland (8-1 overall, 4-0 in league play) held on for a Mississippi Valley Conference win.
Highland's Mitch Carriger led all scorers with 12 points while Caleb McKee contributed eight and Aaron Elledge seven.
Triad (2-7, 1-2) got eight points from Lucas Criley and seven apiece from Jordan Felax and Cole Moss.
Columbia 41, Freeburg 40
Trey Search hit a running shot in the lane with 22 seconds remaining to lift Columbia to a Cahokia Conference-Mississippi Division win over the Freeburg Midgets.
"It was a really tough shot," Columbia coach Mark Sandstrom said of Search, who collected his only two points of the night on the game-winning shot. "He got the one that counted and I'm proud of him."
Freeburg had one more shot at the win, but turned the ball over as Columbia (4-3) improved to 2-0 in league play.
"We're starting to play a little more aggressive and starting to get more comfortable on the floor," Sandstrom said.
Freeburg got 16 points from junior center Justin Diecker and Jacob Mueller added nine.
Wesclin 55, Red Bud 33
Brady Kunz scored 15 points and Michael had 10 as Wesclin (3-4) rolled to a Cahokia Conference-Mississippi Division victory over Red Bud (1-6).
Civic Memorial 49, Roxana 43, OT
Roxana's unbeaten streak ended at eight games with an overtime loss on the road to Civic Memorial, which outscored the Shells 7-1 in the extra period.
Jakob Lowrance had 16 points for CM and Kyle Yates had 14, while Jordan Briggs and Matt Hartnett each had 11 for Roxana.
Senior center Hunter Reine added nine points for Roxana.