Bainbridge boys falls in OT of 1-AAAAA title game, settle for No. 2 state seed

BAINBRIDGE — Despite being on their home floor, the Bainbridge boys basketball team couldn’t use the friendly confines to overcome a big, athletic and determined Northside, Columbus team Saturday night during the Region 1-AAAAA finals.

Northside prevailed, but it needed overtime to do it, 60-58.

“They’re just so big, and athlete-wide, they’re all 6-5, 6-7,” Bainbridge coach Rickey McCullough said. “We battled all night. I’m proud of the effort.”

In regulation, Bainbridge had a chance to win it, but leading scorer Dontavious Marshall — who was held to just six points in the loss and fouled out in overtime after being double-teamed all night — missed a 3-pointer. Tyree Crump grabbed the rebound and was fouled as he calmly sank both free throws to tie the game with .5 seconds left and send it to overtime. Northside held off a late BHS charge from there for the win.

Bainbridge (19-9), which was led by Crump’s 16, will host Creekside in the first round of state Wednesday. Jamez Harris added 11 points, and B.J. Cheatem and Stephen Johnson each chipped in 10.