Vikings get past Jackson-Olin in OT

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 12/12/17

Jasper stormed back from a seven-point, fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime en route to a 62-57 victory over the Jackson-Olin Mustangs at Carl Cannon Coliseum on Tuesday night.

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Vikings get past Jackson-Olin in OT

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Jasper stormed back from a seven-point, fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime en route to a 62-57 victory over the Jackson-Olin Mustangs at Carl Cannon Coliseum on Tuesday night.

Jasper’s offense held Jackson-Olin to just a single free throw in the extra period to earn the Class 6A, Area 11 victory while snapping a three-game losing streak.

Devin Harris shined for the Vikings, scoring 24 points, including the game-sealing free throws with 10.8 seconds remaining.

Harris poured in 11 first-quarter points to get the Jasper offense off and running. The Vikings led 19-18 after the first quarter. John David Harrell knocked down two 3-pointers and had eight points in the second quarter to lead the way.

Jackson-Olin (0-7, 0-1) held a 34-33 lead at halftime.

Jasper (3-8, 1-1) made just five baskets in the third quarter as the Mustangs took a 45-40 lead into the final quarter.

Jackson-Olin led 47-40 early in the fourth quarter before the Vikings started a 12-2 run really to grab the lead.

Jasper’s Jeremiah Hammond knocked down a pair of free throws, Harris connected on a 3-pointer and a layup and Brody Walden converted a 3-point play to put Jasper ahead 52-49 with 5:10 remaining.

The Vikings pushed their lead to 56-52 at the 1:27 mark when Harrell turned a steal into a basket. Jackson-Olin scored the final four points of regulation to force overtime.

Jasper wasted no time taking control in overtime. Kaden Shelton put the Vikings on top for good with 3:20 left and Harris followed with a driving layup. After the Mustangs cut the gap to three points at 60-57 with 1:45 remaining, Harris finally put the game out of reach in the closing seconds.

For Jasper, Harrell finished with 15 points while Walden had nine. Jackson-Olin’s Demarius Houston finished with a game high 30 points.

Jackson-Olin won the girls game 72-33, sending the Vikings to their second area loss. Jasper lost its first area game to Minor, 47-17 on Friday.

The Vikings host Carver on Thursday, in another area showdown, and Corner on Friday.