RALEIGH – The Burlington School’s Ty Outlaw scored on a buzzer-beater under the basket to lift the Spartans to a 58-57 victory against Raleigh Christian in the T.J. Warren consolation bracket to begin Thursday’s action at the John Wall Holiday Invitational.
RCA (9-14) came out on fire, hitting four 3s on the way to a 16-10 lead after one. The offense slowed down a bit to start the second, with RCA slowly pushing their lead out. Gabe Marquis scored on back-to-back plays, giving the Eagles their biggest lead of the half with a 12-point advantage.
TBS (14-6) cut into the lead a little to end the half, but RCA took a 29-20 advantage into the break. Nic Anthony was on fire, shooting 5-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from deep and scoring 14 points in the first half. Josh Randolph led TBS with 7.
In the second half, RCA opened up with an Isaiah Robertson 3 and soon stretched their lead to 13. TBS followed that with their biggest run of the game, cutting the RCA lead to 1 with just over 2 minutes left in the third before Eagles coach Dave Hartman called timeout.
The Spartans took the lead on their next offensive possession thanks to an Outlaw putback. The Eagles recovered and took a 40-39 lead into the fourth quarter. An intentional foul by Nic Anthony enabled Zion Walker to give the lead back to TBS with just over 5 minutes to play.
The rest of the game was back-and-forth, but TBS was able to secure a seven-point lead with under 2 minutes to play. A Jordan Durham layup with 65 seconds remaining pushed the lead to seven and should’ve been the clinching basket.
RCA made a thunderous comeback, capped off by a contact layup from Gabe Marquis to give them a one-point lead with 10 seconds left.
On the final play, Walker made an outstanding pass to Outlaw under the rim, who put in the winning layup as time ran out.
Walker led the Spartans with 16 points, while Randolph added 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kaden Hammond just missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. TBS will play in the fifth-place Friday at 11 a.m. at Broughton High School.