When you take a road trip to one of the toughest gyms for visiting teams in the Narrows League, a little courage can go a long way.
Such was the case for the Bellarmine Prep Lions, who used big-time shots from senior guard Isaiah Flynn to escape with a 52-51 overtime victory over South Kitsap in Port Orchard.
The victory gave Bellarmine Prep sole possession of first place in the Narrows League 4A division, with a 7-1 league record. The Wolves fell into second place, at 5-2.
Bellarmine Prep had the lead from the first basket of the game until late in the fourth quarter – but the Lions never led by more than six points.
South Kitsap finally tied the game at the 3 minute, 59 second mark in the fourth, when James Hyson scored inside to make it 39-39.
The Wolves moved ahead when Caulin Bakalarski made a steal in the back court and hit a lay-up for a 47-45 advantage with 40 seconds to play.
With the clock winding down, Flynn came off a high screen and nailed a 3-pointer on the left wing, putting Bellarmine Prep up 48-47 with eight seconds to go.
Flynn’s trey wasn’t the game winner. South Kitsap guard Ryley Callaghan was fouled with 3.3 seconds remaining, but he made just 1-of-2 free throws, sending the game into overtime.
Bellarmine Prep nearly pitched a shutout in overtime. The Lions led 51-48 with 10 seconds remaining, but Bakalarski drained a 3-pointer to tie the score.
Flynn struck again, driving the length of the floor and coming to a jump-stop in the lane, where he was fouled with 2.7 seconds showing on the clock. He went 1-for-2 from the line – but that was enough for the win.