It may have been the two biggest free throw attempts of Ken’Darrius Collier’s young career at Worth County High School.
With just nine tenths of second left on the clock in overtime and Monroe holding a one-point lead, Collier calmly sank both free throws to lift the Rams to a 65-64 overtime victory at Monroe, giving Worth County the regular season Region 1-AAAA title and the top seed in next weekend’s region tournament.
“It was a little nerve-wracking there at the end,” said Worth County coach Arthur Davis. “That’s the first time we’ve been able to win at Monroe since I’ve been the coach here at Worth County.”
The Rams improved to 20-5 on the season with the victory. Worth thought they could have won it in regulation but Monroe’s Emesean Offord with 2.9 seconds left took the ball from halfcourt, scored on a basket and drew a foul. He converted the free throw to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Offord then was a thorn in Worth County’s side in overtime.
With the Rams holding a two-point advantage with 10 seconds left, Offord drilled a 3-pointer to make it 64-63.
That set up Collier’s heroics.
“Those were two big free throws,” Davis said. “We were somehow able to find a way to win tonight.”
Collier led the Rams with 16 points, while Jamon Moore and Brandon Moore chipped in 13 points apiece. Herald Super 6er Anfernee McLemore finished with 12 points.
For Monroe (12-9), who earned the fifth seed in the region tournament, Jamarcus Nunnally finished with 15 points. Deonte Young added 13, while Offord added 11. Jordan Tyson and Trentavious Jackson finished with nine points each.