When the final buzzer sounded on the Tilton boys’ basketball team’s win Wednesday in Groton, the players felt nothing but relief. It was finally over.
After a four-overtime marathon, the Rams (12-3) held on to beat Lawrence Academy, 108-105.
At the end of regulation the game was tied at 72. Through the overtimes, the game was back and forth.
After the first OT it was knotted at 81, after the second it was tied at 88, and the game was deadlocked at 93 going into the fourth OT.
“It was blow for blow in the overtimes,” said Tilton coach Marcus O’Neil. “You wouldn’t be able to tell if the teams were tired by the energy on the floor. Both teams were making hustle plays.”
During the fourth OT, the Rams finally started to pull away, taking a 7-point lead with 1:30 left.
With 44 seconds left, Lawrence Academy (9-5) cut the lead to 3 before Chester Victor drained a corner three to give the Rams a 6-point edge.
The Spartans were unable to make a final comeback as time finally ran out.
“Neither team really wanted to give an inch. It was just a shame that somebody had to lose,” said O’Neil.
Kansas-commit and Roxbury native Wayne Selden had a monster game for the Rams, with 29 points and 20 rebounds.
But when he fouled out in the second OT, Victor picked up most of the slack, scoring 8 of the team’s 15 points in the final OT.
Stoneham native John Witkowski also had a big game in the win, going 7 for 10 from the field with 16 points, including a crucial 3-pointer in the third OT.
Jalen Myire led the Spartans with 36 points, including six 3-pointers.
“When we all get older in 10 years and have a reunion we can talk about this game,” said O’Neil.
East Boston 58, Dorchester 57 — Marcus Shaw (14 points) hit the winning basket with one second left for the Jets. Will March also contributed 14 points in the win.
Charlestown 95, CASH 25 — Four Townies scored in double-digits, led by sophomore forward Chris Conway (14).
Rockland 58, Norwell 39 — The No. 9 Bulldogs (12-1) were led by senior center Tyler Gibson, who recorded 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Snowden 74, Winthrop 69 — Senior guard Jaquann Smith led the Cougars with 27 points, while junior guard Kareem Murrell had 24.
Arlington Catholic 1, St. Mary’s 0 — Senior Bryan Hunt made 29 saves for the shutout.
Dexter 8, St. George’s 0 — Sophomore Ryan Donato led Dexter with four goals, while junior Mark Webber had two goals and an assist.
Boston Latin 6, Hanover 0 — Freshman Jimmy O'Leary scored two goals and had one assist in the Wolfpack’s win.
Lynn English 57, Medford 48 — Junior guard Diondra Woumn had a big night for the Bulldogs (11-1), as they qualified for the state tournament. Woumn scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and had 5 steals.
South Boston 66, Brighton 34 — Junior forward Daitannah Smith scored a team-high 15 points for the Knights (8-2), and freshman guard Jocelyn Harris and sophomore forward Destinee Morris contributed 12 points apiece. Brighton (2-9) was led by senior forward Amy Bernardez, who had 15 points.
Norfolk Aggie 50, South Shore Voke 30 — Junior point guard Hannah Cohen led the Rams with 18 points, 7 steals, and 5 assists.
Norwood 4, Framingham 3 — Junior Emily Kelly netted the winner for the Mustangs with 5:50 remaining in the third period and Kasey Smith had a goal and three assists.