By Dennis Clayton
New Albany and Greenwood locked up a thriller that went to double overtime before the Bulldogs of New Albany defeated the visiting Bulldogs by a 63-60 score. The contest was tight all the way as the largest lead of the night was eight points in the fourth quarter and that lead was erased by two three-pointers by Harrison Harding.
The closing minutes of regulation saw its share of excitement as Jarel Lipsey hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to give New Albany a 53-52 lead . Greenwood hustled the ball down court and drew the foul. The visitors converted the first free throw, but missed the second attempt to force the initial overtime with the game tied 53-all.
The only scoring the Bulldogs could muster in the first overtime was William Harding’s 3-pointer. Jarel Lipsey provided some last second excitement as he launched a shot before the buzzer that went in the goal but rimmed out and the teams went to overtime number two.
New Albany led after the first quarter 13-9, but Greenwood closed the gap to a single point at the half at 23-22. Greenwood used eleven points by Deandre Williams to gain the lead in the third quarter, but New Albany fought back to close the gap and tied the game at 39-all.
New Albany was led in scoring by Eric Chaney with 19 points, J.T. Moore added 13 points, two of those coming on a huge dunk at the end of the third quarter, and Harrison Harding chipped in 12 points.
New Albany moves on to the North Half Tournament at Corinth. The Bulldogs will play Thursday at 4:00 against Corinth, winners over Caledonia by a 75-46 score.