GSHA REGION 1-AAA TOURNAMENT CONSOLATION GAMES: Westover boys need OT to beat Dougherty for No. 3 seed; Crisp girls stun Americus-Sumter

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Trent Brown just gets bigger and bigger.

That's not easy for a guy who stands at 6-foot-7 and weighs 295 pounds, but Brown, who is one of the top offensive lineman in this part of the state, rarely looked as big as he did Friday when he help lift Westover to a 59-54 overtime win against city rival Dougherty in the Region 1-AAA consolation game at Westover.

"He came up big (Friday night),'' said Westover coach Dallis Smith, whose team would have lost in regulation without a put-back by Brown at the end of regulation.

Herald Super 6er McArthur Gaines had just made the steal of the season and hit a drive with 15 seconds left to give Dougherty a 51-49 lead. Shenard Childs, who came off the bench to spark Westover, missed a shot at the other end. That's when Brown, who came off the bench to score eight points and grab 12 rebounds, came up with the rebound and the put-back.

"That was huge,'' Smith said. "He fought for it (the rebound) and grabbed it and made that shot. That was a big play.''

Brown had no doubt about it.

"I knew I was going to get (the rebound) and make the shot,'' he said. "I saw him take the shot and I was at the top of the key, and I just ran to get the rebound. I had to put it back up. I knew it was going in. It's touch.''

Brown's touch saved Westover, which was coming off a bitter semifinal loss to Crisp on Thursday. The Patriots (17-10) had been the No. 1 seed in the tournament and won the right to play host with plans of winning another region title.

"It was a lousy feeling to lose (in the semifinals), but we still had to come out and play,'' Brown said. "And Dougherty is a rival. They play hard, so it felt great to win this game.''

Dougherty lost two tough games to Monroe and Westover during the last two days, and led late in both. The Trojans now hit the road in the state playoffs as the No. 4 seed.

"(Brown) made a big shot,'' Dougherty coach Donald Poole said. "They made some big shots at the end, and we didn't. We have to go on the road and try to win now.''

The lead changed 10 times in the fourth quarter, but Dougherty never recovered from Brown's put-back. The Trojans (16-7) went 1-for-7 from the field in overtime, and Gaines and Chris Holmes, who both scored 17 points in regulation, were held scoreless. Super 6er Malcolm Sapp, who led Westover with 18 points, was also scoreless in OT.

Childs hit his second 3 of the game to open the OT period and Brown snatched the next three rebounds, including two on the defensive end of the floor. He bagged a free throw before Josh Lewis hit a 3 (Dougherty's only points in OT) before Dequan Green hit a drive to lift Westover to a 57-54 lead. Gaines missed his final two shots.

"After an emotional letdown (in the semifinals) it was a challenge,'' Smith said. "I knew Dougherty was going to come to play. I was more of a cheerleader than a coach. We had to have some people swell up for us and they did.''