January 16, 2017
Whites Creek (TN) High School 66
Auburn (AL) High School 61
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Music City Classic came to a close with perhaps the best game of the weekend as the Whites Creek boys basketball team outlasted Auburn 66-61 in a double-overtime thriller.
Both squads struggled on the offensive end in the first quarter. Auburn shot 36.4 percent in the frame while Whites Creek could manage only 18.2 percent. When the dust settled, though, Auburn was clinging to only a one-point advantage at the end of the first.
Whites Creek owned the second period.
Dennis Stallings gave the Cobras the lead with a jumper early in the second quarter. From there the teams slugged it out until Isaiah Bowers drilled a trey with 2:02 left in the quarter to give Whites Creek a six-point advantage. The Tigers answered with a bucket from Preston Cook, but the Cobras held on to take a 23-19 lead into halftime after outscoring Auburn 15-10 in the period.
The third period was a slugfest with Auburn punching and Whites Creek Countering for most of the quarter. The Tigers cut the lead to one on an old-fashioned three-point play from Antoine Pitts at the 6:19 mark.
Whites Creek hit back with a 6-2 run that pushed the lead to seven points with 1:28 left.
Pitts drilled a three pointer for Auburn with 1:08 left and Christian Brandt grabbed a defensive rebound and finished on the other end to cut the lead to 33-31 with 24 seconds remaining in the third. A Bowers free throw and a layup from Ruot Monyyong as time expired in the quarter put Whites Creek ahead 36-31 heading into the final period.
Brandt would lead the Auburn rally early in the fourth quarter. He would get an offensive rebound and put back at the 6:22 mark to cut the lead to three before hitting a triple with 4:15 left, cutting the lead again to 40-38. A Preston Cook layup with 3:40 left knotting the score at 40.
The Cobras came back once again, reeling off a 7-1 run that gave the Cobras a 47-41 lead with only 45 seconds remaining in the contest.
However, the next 41 seconds would see a furious Auburn rally that appeared to perhaps ice the game. Brandt hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 3. Auburn fouled to stop the clock and Whites Creek’s Bowers could manage to hit only one of two free throws, leading to a Garrison Brooks layup, cutting the lead to 48-46 with 24 ticks left on the clock.
A foul and resulting inbounds play allowed Auburn to go the length of the floor and get another three-pointer from Cook, tying the score at 49 with 17 seconds left. Whites Creek would commit a turnover and then a foul, putting Auburn’s Will Solomon at the line with four seconds remaining. Solomon calmly drained both foul shots and put Auburn ahead 49-51.
The Tigers would commit a foul of their own with one second on the clock and Bowers knocked in two foul shots of his own for the Cobras, sending the game into overtime.
The Tigers appeared to own the extra period. A dunk from Cook along with a foul and resulting made free throw put Auburn ahead 58-53 with 50 seconds remaining. However, Whites Creek had other plans.
Bowers drilled a three and Jaquan Brooks got a layup in 29 seconds to tie the score again and send the game into another extra frame.
Auburn would take the lead on a free throw from Brandt, but Whites Creek took the lead for good on a Stallings jumper with 2:28 left. The Cobras would not trail again. Fittingly, Bowers sealed the game for the Cobras, nailing two foul shots with 16 seconds remaining to give his team the win.
Brant led Auburn with 21 points, while Garrison Brooks tallied the team’s best rebound total with 12.
The Cobras got 25 points from Bowers to lead all scorers, while Jaquan Brooks netted 17 points and a team-high 14 boards.