Payne Denman sank a three-pointer as time expired, and the DeKalb County High School Tiger basketball team - who had led for only about two-and-a-half minutes all game - escaped with a 54-53 win over visting Gordonsville, Tuesday night, a team the Tigers had beaten by 27 points, just 13 days earlier.
The Tigers gained their only lead of the first three periods with 5:59 on the clock in the opening period, as Denman sank a three to give DC a 6-4. Ironically, that would also be the last made basket for Denman until the final shot of the game. Gordonsville closed out the first period on a 12-2 run, which gave them a 16-8 lead at the end of the period. The visiting Tigers led 32-24 at the half, after leding by as many as ten, late in the second period.
DeKalb County pulled to within two, with 3:04 left in the third period, and finally tied the score with 49 seconds on the clock. Gordonsville, however, carried a 43-42 lead into the fourth period. DC finally re-gained the lead, at 47-46, with 4:57 left in regulation, but Gordonsville tied it with a C.J. Vaden three-pointer, with three minutes to go, after the Tigers had extended to a 49-46 lead. Cody Woodmore and Josh Sapp each hit a free throw, as the seconds were ticking away, which gave Gordonsville a 53-51 lead, with 5.6 seconds remaining on the clock. DeKalb brought the ball in, but Gordonsville - with a foul to give - immediately fouled, setting the DC boys up near mid-court, with just three seconds on the clock. Hunter Poteete passed the ball in to Denman, who launched the shot at the buzzer and swished it for the game-winner.
Denman finished with only six points for the Tigers, while Poteete scored 18 for the second game in a row to lead the DeKalb effort. Seth Willoughby added 15, while Hunter Stewart tallied 10. J.J. Herriott rounded out the Tiger scoring with five points. C.J. Vaden led Gordonsville with 15 points.
The Tigers improve to 7-4 on the season, while Gordonsville dropped to an even 6-6.
In the girls' game, the Tigerettes beat the DeKalb Lady Tigers for the second time this season, as they earned a 59-43 victory on the DCHS hardwood.
Gordonsville never trailed, as Taryn Smith started the game off with a four-point play, and the visitors never looked back. The Tigerettes led 14-8 at the end of the first period, and 26-14 at tha half. THe lead reached 23 points in the third period, as Gordonsville out-scored DeKalb, 17-6, in the period, and led, 43-20, at tthe end of three. The Lady Tigers sliced the deficit to 15 on a pair of occasions in the fourth, as they out-scored Gordonsville, 23-16, in the period, but the visitors were able to hang on for the win.
Cynthia Woodward scored 14 points to lead the Lady Tigers, while Martha Webb hit double-figures with 10. Taryn Smith led Gordonsville with 18 points.
The Lady Tigers have lost five of their last six, and drop to 4-7 overall, while Gordonsville won their fifth game in a row, and improved to 8-3.
DeKalb County will have nine days off before opening play in their respective Christmas tournaments on Saturday, December 27th.