Just when it looked like Boyd Anderson was going to walk out of the Ely gym with a stirring comeback victory, the two-time defending state champion Tigers staged their own late-game heroics to emerge with a 78-75 overtime victory on Saturday.
Lance Tejada III scored a game-high 31 points, including a layup with 21.6 seconds in regulation that sparked a 6-0 run at the end of regulation and then added two layups in and overtime.
Boyd Anderson, which trailed 21-8 in the first quarter, appeared to have victory in hand after Pitchon Pierre sank two free throws with 48 seconds left in regulation for a 70-63 lead.
But Ely guard Joshua Floyd made two free throws after the Tigers forced a five-second violation, Therrell Gosier hit a hook shot before Floyd forced overtime with a layup with two seconds left in regulation that tied the score 71-71.
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The loss wasted a heroic performance by Jef Moise, who poured in a team-high 17 points to help the Cobras (3-2) erase a 13-point deficit heading into the second quarter.
Nick Eubanks had 12 points, and Diandre Wilson added 10 points for the Cobras.
With Moise leading the way the Cobras went on a 26-14 run in the second quarter to get back in the game.
Moise sparked the comeback with a driving layup while being fouled with 2:53 left in the second quarter. Moise missed the free throw but tracked down the offensive rebound and calmly sank a baseline jumper to pull Boyd Anderson within 35-32.
Gosier and Javon Heastie added 15 points each for the Tigers. Floyd finished with nine points.
• Blanche Ely 78, Boyd Anderson 75 (OT): BA (3-2): Eubanks 12, Moise 19, Simeon 5, Romain 4, Wilson 10, Duffus 10, Irving Pierre 3, Pitcheon Pierre 12. Ely (3-0): Tejada 31, Gosier 15, Heastie 15, Devers 6, Floyd 9, Goodrun 2. Half: Ely 40-38.