Celtics edge out Rockets in OT thriller

Published 12:05 am Friday, January 29, 2016

Kaden Denson attempts to get past the Cotton brothers, Britt and Parker.

Kaden Denson attempts to get past the Cotton brothers, Britt and Parker.

In Andalusia Youth League basketball action on Thursday night, the Celtics battled back to force overtime and defeated the Rockets 23-18.

Christian Sheridan got the Rockets off to a hot start with 5 points in the opening period to give his team a 7-4 lead at the end of the first period. Landon Marshall accounted for the Rockets’ other points.

Kaden Denson had all 4 points for the Celtics in the opening period.

Both teams had trouble scoring against the stout defensive pressure, and at halftime the Rockets led 7-5.

Parker Cotton and Zytavis Wilson each knocked in 2 points to give the Rockets an 11-7 lead heading into the fourth period.

In the fourth period, Britt Cotton came up with a steal and after using a spin move at half court to get clear of a defender Britt found Sheridan streaking to the basket.

Sheridan was fouled on the play and hit 1-of-2 free throws to put the Rockets on top 13-11 with 2:59 left in regulation.

Moments later Denson hit a pair of free throws to tie the game 13-13.

The Rockets took the lead back when Sheridan dropped in a layup off a fast-break.

With time winding down and as the Rockets were bringing the rock up-court, Denson grabbed a steal and made a beeline to the basket.

Denson was fouled before he could shot, but on the inbound pass, Denson hit a jumper with 9 seconds left on the clock to tie the game 15-15.

Denson grabbed another steal on the Rockets’ inbound attempt, but his buzzer-beater 3-point attempt just missed the mark.

Marshall put the Rockets up 17-15 at the start of the overtime period.

The Celtics responded with a quick bucket from Dominick Sinkfield to tie the game back up.

Tristan Pitts then knocked down a pair of free throws to put the Celtics up 19-17.

Pitts followed with a layup to make it 21-17.

Denson then capped the Celtics scoring with a 2-for-2 trip to the free-throw line.

Sheridan led the Rockets with 8 points.

Denson led the Cetics with 14 points in the win.