There isn’t a more exciting way to determine a championship than doing it in overtime.
Saturday evening, Prince George Secondary School defeated North Peace Secondary School in their own gym by a score of 79-68, in a winner take all final game. As a result, Prince George leaves Fort St. John as the North Central Zone tournament Champions and have booked themselves a trip to provincials.
The game began exactly the same as the teams’ first meeting earlier in the day. Both teams exchanged 8-0 runs, with the first quarter ending at 16 all.
The second quarter was extremely tight, with both teams constantly exchanging baskets. The first half would conclude with North Peace leading by a score of 30-28.
The second half of the championship game saw the home team begin to pull away on the scoreboard. Although, with North Peace leading by 7 points, Prince George would respond with a 8-0 run, earning them a one point lead. With 38 seconds left in the third and North Peace trailing, North Peace Secondary was able to tie the game up at the free throw line.
The fourth quarter would begin with the teams tied at 44. Prince George would score two baskets in a row, giving them a quick four point edge. The teams would continue to exchange baskets, but every time North Peace would come close to tying the game, Prince George would score a few consecutive baskets to reclaim the lead.
With 8.9 seconds remaining in the game, Prince George led 63-62. North Peace found themselves at the free throw line, with three shots to take. North Peace missed all three.
Prince George would find themselves at the free throw line with seconds remaining in the game. After making their first shot, they missed their second and North Peace fought hard for the rebound. A fast break and cool nerves allowed North Peace to tie the game up with 0.1 seconds remaining, forcing the tournament to be decided in overtime.
Unfortunately, it was Prince George who embraced the extra frame, going on a 9-0 run, while North Peace struggled to make their shots. North Peace attempted to chip away at the score, but a series of unsuccessful three balls prevented the comeback from occurring.
Prince George would take the nail biter 79-68, handing North Peace two consecutive losses on Saturday to be crowned winners of the North Central Zone Championship.