Bellevue 74, Lane 72 OT

03/09/2015 18:55

Lane made a furious rally in the last few minutes of regulation to force overtime, but couldn't muster enough magic to knock off the Bellevue Bulldogs and fell 74-72 in overtime to bow out of the championship tournament.

Bellevue led by as many as 13 points in the first half, and were on top 33-26 at halftime. Midway through the second half, the Bulldogs grabbed a 14-point lead on a steal and fast-break bucket from Dom Holub.

With five and a half minutes remaining, the Titans were still down by 11 at 62-51 -- but not for long. The Bellevue offense stalled at 62 points, while Lane kicked things into high gear.

Five straight points from Aaron Smith cut things to six points in a hurry. Then Mitch Franz hit a three-pointer with just over three and a half minutes to go, cutting the deficit to 62-60. A free-throw each from Tre Clark and Smith tied the score at 62, and Dominique Jordan's three-pointer at the buzzer for Bellevue was off, sending the game to overtime.

Lane took a lead in the opening moments of the overtime, their first since leading 2-0 at the beginning of the game, but a tip-in from Brian Zehr and a pair of free-throws from Holub extended Bellevue's lead to three points with 17 seconds to go.

The Titans had an opportunity for a last-second desperation shot, but Dominic Smith managed to jump in front of the inbounds pass to seal the victory for Bellevue.

Holub led Bellevue with 22 points in the victory, which puts the Bulldogs through to the fifth-place game against Highline on Tuesday at noon.