GALLATIN — The third seeded Station Camp Bison found themselves in a battle from the opening tip-off Monday night as the sixth seed Gallatin Green Wave jumped out to a 16-5 first quarter lead and 24-19 halftime advantage.
However, the Bison found a way to get the job done, 55-54, and advance to the semifinal round where they will travel to Green Hill High School.
“Gallatin played a great game, they busted us in the mouth and got after us,” Station Camp head coach Seth Massey said. “I hate somebody had to lost this game. We have so much respect for coach (Bobby) Luna, they were ready to play. We grew up a little tonight, we don’t have a ton of post-season experience, so this was a good win. I’m happy for our guys, they played hard tonight.”
Tied at 44, neither team could scored in the final minute of regulation as both teams missed free throw attempts in the last 20 seconds of the contest. Heading to overtime, they scoring picked up quite a bit as both teams traded baskets.
Following two Ethan Rogers free throws with 1:13 remaining, Gallatin took a 52-50 lead, but it would be the Green Wave’s final lead of the game as Station Camp buried a 3-pointer with 32 seconds remaining for the 53-52 advantage.
Gallatin missed the front end of a one-and-one before Tyler Moore dropped two free throws to put the Bison up 55-52 with 15 seconds remaining.
Moore scored all 19 of his points in the second half.
“He was really good tonight; he made some big plays for us,” Massey said.
Cade Martin cut the Bison lead to one, 55-54, with second seconds remaining setting up a final heave at the buzzer.
Following a Moore missed free throw, Ethan Hale grabbed the rebound but missed a half-court attempt as the buzzer sounded.
“We had a poor stretch in the fourth quarter where we just didn’t play well enough,” Gallatin head coach Bobby Luna said. “We did a lot of good things tonight and I’m disappointed for our kids; they played hard. This has been a tough year on everybody and our seniors gave us so much. Give Station Camp credit for having in there, it was a really good high school basketball game.”
Gallatin ends their season 13-10.
Station Camp (55): Isaiah Davis 12, Tyler Moore 19, Donovan Smith 1, Eli Rice 14, Kheller Die’ 9
Gallatin (54): Cannon Hale 15, Ty Martin 3, AJ Davis 5, Ethan Rogers 6, Isaiah Ellis 2, Cade Martin 19, Jack Richardson 4