A marquee match-up between two of the top teams in Class B boys basketball went down to the final second of overtime Friday night.
Make that the final two-tenths of a second.
Mason Bolme headed downcourt following a Shiloh Christian miss, took a quick outlet pass, drew a foul with two-tenths of a second remaining and then promptly netted two free throws to give No. 8-ranked Fargo Oak Grove a 73-71 overtime victory over No. 7 Shiloh Christian to close out the first day of the Shiloh Christian New Year Invitational.
Shiloh's Canaan Fagerland missed a short-range shot with three seconds left in regulation and Oak Grove's Tyrell Rodriguez came down with the rebound. He quickly passed the ball to Bolme near midcourt, and the 6-foot-2 sophomore reserve drove to the basket and was fouled in the act of shooting by the Skyhawks' Bartholomew Ogbu.
"When I saw Tyrell get the rebound I just took off running. He did a great job looking downcourt right away and finding me," Bolme said. "It was a great pass. He hit me on the run and that allowed me to get to the basket quick. I knew time was running out. It either had to be a layup or a foul."
Bolme said he had never before been in that type of situation, but he handled it like a veteran, sinking back-to-back free throws to put the Grovers ahead to stay.
"We practice pressure free throws all the time, so I was confident I could do it," he said. "That's what you hope for ... a chance to make big shots with the game on the line."
Bolme's two free throws capped off a game-ending 6-0 run by the Grovers, who trailed 71-67 with 1:25 remaining in overtime. Rodriguez scored with 1:12 left to cut the deficit in half. After a Shiloh miss, another Rodriguez basket with 23 seconds remaining evened the score at 71-71.
The game went to overtime after the Grovers rallied from a 10-point late third-quarter deficit. A Fagerland 3-pointer extended Shiloh's lead to 10, 56-46, with 1:45 left in the third, but Bolme and Andrew Christianson both went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe before time expired in the quarter to make it 56-50.
Bolme and Christianson scored back-to-back in the opening 1:17 of the fourth quarter to pull the Grovers within two, 56-54, and after a basket by Ogbu, Oak Grove strung together an 8-0 run that made it 62-58 with 3:25 remaining.
The Grovers held a 64-61 advantage with 1:50 left, but the Skyhawks later regained the lead, 65-64, with 42 seconds remaining on a basket by Jaden Mitzel. Sixteen seconds later, Rodriguez netted one of two free-throw attempts to tie the game at 65-65.
The Skyhawks then held the ball for the final shot, but Macauley Young's shot from inside the paint in the closing seconds fell off the rim and into the hands of Rodriguez.
Bolme said the game certainly lived up to expectations.
"It was a great game between two really good teams," he said. "It wasn't surprising at all that it went down to the wire. We just managed to squeeze in one last opportunity and fortunately, we were able to make good on it."
Bolme said defense late in the third quarter and into the fourth turned the tide.
"Shiloh was playing really well, but we stepped it up on defense and made some big stops," he said. "That got our offense going, too."
Christianson led the Grovers and all other scorers with 31 points. Rodriguez and T.J. Anderson added 15 and 13, respectively. Rodriguez also pulled down 15 rebounds.
The Skyhawks had five players scoring in double figures -- Young 17, Fagerland 15, Ogbu 12, Jonas Mitzel 12 and Jaden Mitzel 11. Young and Ogbu each had 10 rebounds.
Shiloh 51, Oak Grove 34
Seniors Amber Stevahn, Brittan Grubb and Paige Murray took care of the offense as No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Shiloh Christian rolled to a 51-34 victory over Fargo Oak Grove.
Stevahn led all scorers with 20 points, and Grubb and Murray added 16 and 11, respectively, for the Skyhawks, who took command with a dominant second quarter. They trailed 7-6 at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Grovers 22-4 over the next eight minutes, closing out the frame on a 16-0 run. Stevahn and Murray scored eight points apiece in the quarter, and Grubb netted six.
In the two other games played at the Shiloh Christian gymnasium on Friday, the No. 9-ranked Minot Our Redeemer's boys defeated Dickinson Trinity 62-41, and the Trinity girls topped Our Redeemer's 45-33.
Four games are on tap today -- Dickinson Trinity vs. Oak Grove (girls) at noon; Dickinson Trinity vs. Oak Grove (boys) at 1:30 p.m.; Shiloh Christian vs. Our Redeemer's (girls) at 3 p.m., and Shiloh Christian vs. Our Redeemer's (boys) at 4:30 p.m.