Another game, another nail-biter for the Red Mountain boys basketball team.
Coach Greg Sessions doesn’t think this is any way to go through life, but his players don’t seem to mind.
Hamilton and Red Mountain each missed potential game-winning shots at the end of regulation but the Mountain Lions scored the first five points of overtime and escaped with a 61-53 win in a Division I matchup Friday night at Hamilton.
It’s the fourth straight power point game in which Red Mountain either went to overtime or finished within four points of its opponent in regulation.
“We don’t seem to get away from very many people, and not very many people seem to get away from us,” Sessions said. “I’m not that thrilled with (close games), but (the players are) very comfortable with them apparently because we keep doing it over and over.”
The Mountain Lions were seeded No. 23 in Division I halfway through their power points schedule, so it was an important victory to kickstart the stretch run. The top 24 teams make the state tournament.
Red Mountain forward Travis Meeker had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but his jumpshot from the free throw line was short. There was a jump-ball called on the rebound, which gave the Huskies possession but with only four-tenths of a second remaining. James Sosinski had a good look on a turn-around 3-pointer but it air-balled, sending the game to overtime tied at 47.
Derek Rojas hit a 3-pointer — Red Mountain’s tenth and final one of the game — 22 seconds into the extra session, and the Mountain Lions never trailed again.
“Overtimes come very quick, so we had to make good plays,” Rojas said. “If we don’t, it’s risky.”
The Huskies played from behind from much of the game, but had possession in a tie game late in the fourth quarter. However, an errant post pass turned the ball over without about a minute remaining, allowing Red Mountain to hold it to give Meeker the last good look.
Hamilton struggled mightily from the free throw line, hitting only 3-of-18.
Andy Sessions led all scorers with 16 for Red Mountain, while Meeker added 14 and Rojas had 13.
Hamilton was led by Luke McCook, who had 13 points. Sophomore forward James Sosinski added 11 points and six rebounds.