MONTEREY, Tenn. — Oneida spent the final 30 seconds of regulation here Friday unable to buy a foul, and the four minutes of overtime unable to buy a bucket, as Monterey completed a fourth quarter rally with a 60-53 win in the extra session.
The Wildcats (11-11) trailed by as much as eight in the fourth quarter, but rallied to tie the game in the waning seconds, then outscored the Indians (12-5) 7-0 in overtime to avenge a narrow loss in Oneida earlier in the season.
Oneida’s Cole West was dominant for much of the game, finishing with 32 points, one short of a career high. But Monterey’s Jared Phillips and Logan Jones combined for 30, which was just enough to lift the Wildcats to the non-district win.
In so doing, Monterey shot 43 percent from the field, besting Oneida’s 36 percent, and controlled the glass with a 38-23 rebounding advantage.
Still, Oneida appeared to have the game under control in the fourth quarter, before Monterey closed with a 9-1 run over the final 4:55.
With Cole West scoring from every area of the court, Oneida closed the first quarter on a 5-0 run to take a 16-12 lead.
The Indians did not trail most of the way in the second quarter, but Monterey closed the period on a 6-0 run, taking a 30-29 lead on a putback with just seconds remaining before the half.
That was a foreshadowing of things to come. Oneida owned the third quarter, only to see Monterey close on a 6-0 run, scoring with just seconds remaining to take a 42-40 lead.
And, in the final period, Oneida went ahead 52-44 with 4:55 to play when Tanner Boshears hit a pair of free throws, only to see Monterey again claw back.
Still, the Wildcats appeared to be out of gas at the end of the fourth. Clay Jeffers hit a free throw to break a long dry spell for Oneida, giving the Indians a 53-51 lead with 1:19 to play.
But Monterey’s aggressive play on the glass in the final 30 seconds earned it several second-chance opportunities, and the Wildcats finally made one count when Joseph Phillips scored with nine seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.
With Oneida struggling from the field, Monterey took the lead for good on a pair of free throws from Phillips early in the extra session, followed by four straight points by Jared Phillips to essentially put the game out of reach.
SCORING: Oneida — C. West 32, C. Jeffers 5, Allen 5, M. Jeffers 4, Sharp 3, Boshears 2, Flint 2. Monterey — Ja. Phillips 17, Jones 13, Jo. Phillips 8, Hastings 8, Blaylock 6, Dove 4, Earley 2, Stamps 2.
Oneida 77, Coalfield 64: The Indians used a strong shooting performance to lift themselves to one of their highest point totals of the season at Coalfield Tuesday, Jan. 8, defeating the Yellow Jackets 77-64.
Cole West scored 26 points, Noah Duncan added 14 and Clay Jeffers finished with 13, as Oneida shot 54 percent from the field — including 63 percent inside the 3-point arch — to earn the District 4-A win and maintain its second place position in the district standings.
Jeffers had eight rebounds in addition to his 13 points, while Trevor Allen finished with seven assists and seven points.
SCORING: Oneida — C. West 26, Duncan 14, C. Jeffers 13, Yaden 7, Allen 7, M. Jeffers 6, Boshears 4.