Christian Carroll sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Golden Valley High boys basketball team to a 78-77 win over El Camino in overtime of the Nevada Union Invitational championship game on Saturday night.
It was one of 10 3-pointers for the Cougars (7-0) in the game.
El Camino took a 77-75 lead when Sam Hudson scored on a backdoor cut with 4.6 seconds left in overtime.
That set the stage for Carroll.
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“Christian caught it on a curl,” Golden Valley assistant coach Jerry Stillahn said. “He came across halfcourt. They doubled him and he did a nice crossover to the top of key and let it fly.”
Carroll hit a running shot over three defenders. He finished with a game-high 28 points and was named the tourmament MVP.
“When I crossed halfcourt, they forced me to the middle and there was no option for me to pass,” Carroll said. “My teammates were counting down the clock and that helped a lot. When I heard one second, I put it up. When I let it go, I was positive it was going in. I felt it when I let it go and it felt perfect.”
Evan Stillahn scored 21 points and the GV senior was joined by teammate Devon Powell on the all-tournament team.
•MARIPOSA 52, ATWATER 45,
at Atwater – Sam Tucker scored 15 points as the Grizzlies upset the Falcons in the consolation title game of the DBMAC/SaveMart Classic on Saturday at Atwater High. Josh Avitia led Atwater (6-3) with 13 points.
•CENTRAL VALLEY 53, MERCED 47,
at Brentwood – Ryan Donely scored 17 points as the the Hawks defeated the Bears (5-3) in the third-place game of the Stonebarger Tournament. Freshman Ulonzo Gilliam led Merced with 11 points.
Travante Richard and Jonathan Chairez each scored 10 points for the Bears.
•GOLDEN VALLEY 66, BENTLEY 39,
at Pebble Beach – Camille Flores was named the Robert Louis Stevenson Tournament MVP after scoring 19 points to lead the Cougars to a win in the title game.
Naomi Peterson (14 points), Kayla Commons (10) and Marissa Servantes (10) also scored double figures for Golden Valley (4-4).
•BUHACH COLONY 42, GREGORI 35,
at Stockton – Allison Wisdom scored 22 points as the Thunder improved to 4-2 with a win over the Jaguars in the McNair Winter Shootout in Stockton.
Taj Seals chipped in with seven points and 13 rebounds for Buhach Colony.
•MERCED COLLEGE 84, FRESNO CITY 73,
at Fresno – Sonji Green picked up tournament MVP as she helped end a 16-game game losing streak to the Lady Devils’ fiercest rivals with a victory over the state’s fifth-ranked team Sunday in the championship game of the Fresno City Tournament.
Trinity Washington and Rogenee Russell also had big performances and joined Green on the all-tournament team.
•HOPE INTERNATIONAL 94, UC MERCED 52,
at Merced – George Idehen scored a team-high 12 points, and Martin Harris and Griffin Alexander each chipped in 10 off of the bench, but the Bobcats (1-11) couldn’t keep pace with the visiting Royals.
A 5-for-24 first-half shooting performance doomed UC Merced.