CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Sikeston junior varsity boys basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Notre Dame Junior Varsity Tournament on Wednesday with a 57-56 overtime win against Farmington.
Sikeston's Apollo Patterson buried the game-winning shot from 15 feet out as time expired.
"We cleared Felante (Larry) out, he broke his man off the dribble and he hit Apollo with the pass," said Sikeston JV coach Brian James. "Apollo got a shot he's going to hit and he knocked it down."
Sikeston (3-0) trailed by as much as 20-9 in the second quarter but the Bulldogs battled back with an inspired second half.
Employing a full-court press, Sikeston recorded several steals and layups, out-scoring Farmington 24-7 in the third quarter to lead 39-29.
Sikeston's 24 points was nine more the Bulldogs' first half total of 15.
"We came out in the third quarter and really got after it," said James. "The kids put forth a great effort and their intensity was really high."
Sikeston led through most of the fourth quarter. Larry hit both ends of a one-and-one free throw situation to give the Bulldogs a 52-49 lead with 10 seconds left.
Farmington tied the game when Semar hit a 3-pointer as time expired in regulation to send the game into overtime.
The Bulldogs fell behind in the overtime period as they hit just 1-of-6 free throws.
But Patterson's shot clinched the win. He finished with a game-high 19 points with seven rebounds. Larry had all 12 of his points in the second half along with four assists. Marcus McCaster had eight points and four assists.
Matt Limbaugh had four points, seven rebounds and three assists.
"It was very satisfying to see the kids wanting to win that bad," said James. "They gutted it up and pulled it out in the end. All 12 kids contributed, it was a total team effort."
Sikeston played Poplar Bluff earlier today for the championship. Results from that game will be in Sunday's edition.