SILVER SPRING TWP. — The race for the District 3 Class 6A was in full swing Friday night, and both Carlisle and Cumberland Valley couldn’t afford a loss. And each wanted to help deal a blow to the other’s chances.
In double overtime, the Thundering Herd came out on top 65-64 over the Eagles at the Eagle Dome.
Carlisle (11-10, 9-5 Commonwealth) entered the game sitting in 11th spot in the power ratings while the Eagles entered sitting in the 12th spot in coach Eric Richardson’s first campaign.
Cumberland Valley (9-13, 6-8 Commonwealth) has completed their schedule while Carlisle hosts Waynesboro on Wednesday.
“We can hope at this point that the numbers give us a chance in the playoffs,” Richardson said. “If someone would have given me a 9-12 record with one game on the line to make the playoffs I would have bet on my kids. They never quit.
The Herd jumped out to a six-point in the first overtime but turned the ball over against the Eagles’ press and also missed the front end of two one-and-ones.
“We knew they were going to come out hard and press against us,” Herd senior Gavyn Barnes said. “We just needed to stay focused on our offense and make things happen. We also needed to make some foul shots and control the ball.”
In the second overtime, Barnes knocked down two foul shots, and cousin Ki Barnes scored on the break, only to watch CV’s Max Reznitchenko can a 3-pointer.
“We had opportunities at the end of regulation and the first overtime, but we didn’t get good shots,” Herd coach Andre Anderson said. “I have to get better as a coach to get those plays set up and get better shots. This was a great atmosphere and both teams went at each other — just a great high school game. We still need to do a better job of making foul shots, not turning the ball over and taking better shots.”
After Carlisle’s Howie Rankine made two foul shots, the Eagles’ Chris Wickens made one of two. Carlisle was fouled trying to kill time but missed the front end of yet another one-and-one.
The Eagles then worked the ball to Reznitchenko in the corner, but his shot with two seconds left bounded off the rim. The ensuing in-bounds pass was tipped away by Ki Barnes.
“We had the shot we wanted on the final drive and I thought Max stuck it, but it bounded off. On the ensuing in-bounds play, we got the play at the front of the basket but the pass was just a bit off. We may not play the prettiest basketball, but we will give you a game and play hard every night.”
The Eagles jumped out to a 23-18 lead at the half despite Reznitchenko sitting out with two fouls. Josh Rodriguez and Ty Banach canned 3-pointers for the Eagles.
Cumberland Valley led 35-24 in the third and 43-33 in the fourth when the Herd finally woke up.
Gavyn Barnes led the push as the Herd ran off 14 consecutive points to take a four-point lead. Missed foul shots and turnovers and two Reznitchenko foul shots in the final 20 seconds sent the game into overtime.
Gavyn Barnes led the Herd with 20 points while Ki Barnes added 17 and Howie Rankine scored 15.
Reznitchenko led all scorers with 24, all after halftime. Ethan Levis added 14 for the Eagles.