Jasper is Hanceville bound again — and it’s been a long time coming.
Brent Geeter buried a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left breaking a tie and giving the Vikings a 58-55 win over defending state champion Wenonah at Carl Cannon Coliseum on Tuesday.
The win sent fans onto the court and Jasper back to the Northwest Regional Tournament at Wallace State Hanceville for the first time since 2008.
No. 4 Wenonah had rallied from a seven-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, tying the game with a 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining.
Jasper coach Robert Epps called a timeout to set up the final play.
“Coach called it and I just went off the screen and I was there,” said Geeter, who felt the shot was going in as soon as he released the ball. “I just wanted to play my part and do whatever it takes to help us win.”
Wenonah had one last chance to tie, but the Dragons’ final shot was off the mark.
Geeter finished with a team-high 14 points. He made four 3-pointers. John David Harrell added 13 points, including eight in the final quarter.
Jasper (19-12) takes on No. 6 Lawrence County (27-4) at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
“This is the biggest win I’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Epps, in his fourth year as the Jasper head basketball coach.
In the fourth quarter, Jasper converted three 3-point plays — Harrell had two and Anthony Harris had another.
The Vikings were 8 of 9 at the free-throw line in the final period after making just 4 of 10 through the first three quarters.
Harrell’s first 3-point play gave the Vikings their largest lead of the game — 44-37 — with 6:19 left on the clock. His second 3-point play gave Jasper a 52-47 advantage at the 2:32 mark. Wenonah didn’t go down easy. The Dragons connected on a 3-pointer and a basket in the lane to notch the score at 52-52.
The Dragons had the ball with a chance to take the lead, but the Vikings came up with a turnover that resulted in Anthony Harris’ 3-point play with 1:07 remaining.
Wenonah’s Jaydon Sanders tied the game for the last time with a 3-pointer at the 50-second mark.
Jasper never trailed in the second half. The teams were tied at 26-26 at halftime and the Vikings scored the first four points of the third quarter. Jasper led 16-13 after the opening quarter.
Anthony Harris had 12 points for Jasper, Antione Harris, Trinity Epps, Kaden Shelton and Harrison Saunders each had four points and EJ Colbert put in three.
For Wenonah (17-11), Sanders had 14 points and Chris Williams added 13 points.
“This year our schedule was more taxing. We played Northridge, Hale County, Sipsey Valley — all those guys were ranked in their classification. Even though we let some of those games get away from us, because of those games, we won this game. All that experience playing those close games helped us right here tonight,” Epps said.
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West Morgan 65, Curry 54
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Pickens County 103, Meek 47
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