Pacific’s semifinal win in the annual Turkey Tournament at St. Francis Borgia Regional ended with a bit of déjà vu.
The Indians (2-0) triumphed in double overtime Friday against Ft. Zumwalt North (1-1), 62-61, to advance to the championship game for the second year in a row.
The second overtime period was setup to end the same way that regulation did, with senior guard Jordan Cowsert going to the free-throw line for Pacific in the final seconds and the Indians down by one point.
To end regulation, Cowsert delivered on the first attempt to tie the score at 48, but was unable to get the second shot to go through.
Cowsert had no such trouble the second time around and put both shots through to erase the Panthers’ 61-60 lead and put Pacific back in front for the final time. Zumwalt North’s last-ditch-effort running jump shot in the lane as the clock expired was no good.
“He missed that one that could have won it and he missed a layup, but he said in the locker room after ‘There was no way I was missing those last two,’ ” Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer said of Cowsert. “I was glad that he didn’t have to live with that on his shoulders and he came back and made two big ones for us to win.”
Pacific had other heroics in the closing minutes of regulation and the two overtimes as well. Three times, forward James Iliff delivered three-point shots that either tied the score or gave the Indians a lead.
First, Iliff tied the score at 47 in the final 10 seconds of regulation. His second three tied the score at 53 with 1:18 remaining in the first overtime, which was how the score remained to end the period. With 2:08 left in the second overtime, Iliff’s third three-point shot turned a 56-55 advantage for the Panthers into a two-point lead for Pacific.
“That kid’s a gym rat,” VanLeer said. “If he’s not in the gym, he’s shooting at the park. He’s made an effort to try to get better. He worked out with my son, Cameron, in the offseason and he can put it in the hole.”
Dylan Myers led Pacific in scoring in the contest with 14 points and rebounds with seven. He added two assists and one steal.
Cowsert was next with 13 points.
Don’TA Harris and Jacob Sauvage also got into double digits with 10 points apiece.
Iliff ended with nine points. Mason Fleming scored four points and Jeremiah Murray two.
Harris grabbed six rebounds, Sauvage four, Cowsert and Murray two apiece and Fleming one.
Harris dealt out three assists, Sauvage two and Cowsert and Fleming one each.
Cowsert grabbed three steals, Harris two and Sauvage one.
Pacific led 15-10 after one quarter and 30-19 at the half. Zumwalt North trimmed the Pacific lead to 37-35 after three quarters.
Kyle Bampton led the Panthers with 14 points.
KJ Lee notched 12 points. Grant Rapplean was next with five. Mujtaba Alkhaldi and Sean Grimes added six points apiece. Grant Fitzpatrick and Jeff Lewis each chipped in four points. Cole Riggleman added three points, Kamden Bynum two and Ronald Cross one.