Eagles get OT win over Red Level

Published 12:09 am Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pleasant Home got a big 53-52 overtime win over Red Level Tuesday night in regular season basketball action.

Trailing by two at the end of regulation, Tigers guard Spencer Stallworth hit a floater at the buzzer at the end of regulation to send the game into extra time.

“That was a big win for our boys,” PHS boys coach Bradley Stephens said.

A big key in the win Tuesday night for the Eagles was the limited number of turnovers, Stephens said.

In its Monday night win against Flomaton, PHS turned the ball over 21 times. The Eagles had 11 in the win over the Tigers.

“Red Level has a really good ball club,” Stephens said.

Pleasant Home’s Chase Gunter sparked the Eagles’ offense with a huge 3-pointer during regulation.

“My big thing that I want them to do is make quality shots,” the PHS coach said. “In the second half, we made much better shots.

“We had a lot of guys who stepped up for us (Tuesday night),” he said.

Late in the game, PHS guard Garrett Barton made four key assists to help the Eagles pull to within single digits.

Jon Cole Chesser had a career-high 22 points and grabbed five rebounds. Troy Fantroy recorded another double double with 14 points and 11 boards for the Eagles. Gunter finished with seven points. Alex Myrick and Barton chipped in four points each.

“It was a good ball game,” Stephens said. “The kids played well.”

Stephens said PHS girls coach Jerry Davis told him after the win that it was “intense” throughout the entire contest.

“It was a big win for us,” Stephens said. “coming back after dropping three straight and then winning (68-53 on Monday night) against Flomaton.”

This overtime win will surely help the Eagles in the long run, Stephens said.

“It’s early in the season and this provided the necessary experience for them down the road,” he said. “You never know when this might occur when you’re playing.”

The Eagles improved to 3-3 on the season, while the Tigers fell to 1-2.

PHS will be back in action tonight at Straughn’s Christmas Tournament, where it will play the host at 7:30. RLS is playing in the same tournament, starting tonight at 6 against Zion Chapel.