The Rebels outlasted Lisbon, 67-62, for a 9-3 league record.
By CHUCK HOUSTEAU
EAST FAIRFIELD -- The Crestview Rebels continued their strong run through the second half of the season by knocking off visiting Lisbon 67-62 in overtime in Friday's key Tri-County League contest.
The win avenged an early season loss to the Blue Devils and kept Crestview (12-6, 9-3) within one game of league-leading Sebring.
The Rebels converted 10 of 12 free throws in overtime, and outscored Lisbon 14-9 in the extra session to capture the win.
"We played with a lot of heart and intensity," Crestview coach Rick Gates said. "I think our defense was the difference tonight."
Turnovers are difference
Crestview forced Lisbon into 22 turnovers and several key ones in the overtime session that proved to be the difference in the game.
The Rebels held a 3-point lead 65-62 with 10.2 seconds left after Nick Hoff made two free tosses.
Lisbon called time-out to set up a play to try and tie the game, but the Devils' in-bounds pass was stolen by Chris Cook.
Joe Sapp was eventually fouled and knocked down his two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to seal the victory.
"If you would have told me that down three [points] with 10 seconds to go that we couldn't get the ball in-bounds when our guards are the strength of our team, I wouldn't of thought it in a million years," Lisbon coach Joe Siefke said.
"That's basketball. That's how it happened and you go on from there," Siefke said.
Lisbon nearly didn't get a chance to get the game to overtime because of a controversial ending in regulation time.
With the game tied at 53-53, Crestview stole the ball and Troy Duwe raced to the basket for a lay-up, but was fouled as time on the clock had expired.
However, the buzzer hadn't sounded and the referees determined that there was still a fraction of a second remaining because of the lag time between the whistle and the clock being stopped.
Duwe, who had 18 points at the time and had just drilled a 3-point shot with 20 seconds remaining to tie the contest, was allowed to shoot his two free throws.
Both shots missed and the game headed to overtime.
Duwe recovered to help lead his team in overtime and finished with a game-high 20 points and 12 rebounds. Sapp also scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Cook, who made the defensive play of the game, added nine points.
Lisbon was led in scoring by Lucien Smith with 20 points while Jay Yorty added 14 points and Mike McDevitt 12.