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.
“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, CENTRAL VALLEY 53, MERCED 47,
Travante Richard and Jonathan Chairez each scored 10 points for the Bears.
Girls BasketballGOLDEN VALLEY 66, BENTLEY 39,
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,
Taj Seals chipped in with seven points and 13 rebounds for Buhach Colony.
Women’s BasketballMERCED COLLEGE 84, FRESNO CITY 73,
Trinity Washington and Rogenee Russell also had big performances and joined Green on the all-tournament team.
Men’s BasketballHOPE INTERNATIONAL 94, UC MERCED 52,
A 5-for-24 first-half shooting performance doomed UC Merced.