BELPRE - It was a good ol' ding-dong dilly of a donnybrook Wednesday night at Belpre as the host Golden Eagles upended TVC Hocking Division leader Southern 81-76 in overtime behind Nick Therriault's 36 points and 26 from Brennen Ferrell.
But it was the Tornadoes who forced the game into overtime as Tristen Wolfe, who notched 34 points on the night, sank two free throws with 4.8 seconds left in regulation to knot the score at 67-all and send the game into an extra four-minute session.
Tavian Miller's trey at the 3:04 mark in OT lifted the Golden Eagles into a 71-68 lead that they never relinquished.
Ferrell netted six of Belpre's overtime points, as the Golden Eagles, now 9-11 overall and 8-6 in the TVC Hocking, connected on nine of 14 free throws in OT to salt away the upset.
Belpre used three treys and two three-point plays to build a 15-11 first-quarter lead by the two-minute mark, only too see Southern storm back in the second stanza.
The Tornadoes not only tied the game at 21, but then took two leads, the second at 29-26 before Ferrell drained a 3-ball and added a free throw and Therriault followed with a trey at 17.5 seconds for a 33-29 lead that was 33-31 at the half.
In the third quarter, Therriault, a senior, went off with 15 points, including a span of 45 seconds late in the period when he turned a 47-42 lead into a 55-42 advantage with a personal 8-0 run. First, he took a feed on the baseline from Ferrell for a hoop, then poured in back-to-back treys.
But for Southern (14-5, 10-3), Taylor McNickle retaliated with a pair of treys in the final 40 seconds to cut that 13-point gap to just seven, 55-48, going to the fourth quarter.
The Tornadoes reduced the deficit to one with 4:55 to go in regulation, but got no closer until the last 34.4 seconds, when they outpointed Belpre 5-1, with all five coming from Wolfe with a rebound bucket and three free throws - the last two with 4.8 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.
For Belpre, which hosts Miller at 7:30 p.m. today, Therriault's three-dozen points came on 12 baskets, five of which were treys, and and 7-of-11 at the foul line with Ferrell, also a senior, cashing in his 26 points on six field goals, including three treys, and 11-of-15 free throws.