DEXTER -- Everyone expected Twin Rivers' Michael Lance to have a big game against the Dexter Bearcats, but no one could have anticipated the exploits of his teammate, Kade McBroom.
In a game filled with great individual efforts, it was McBroom's seven 3-
pointers and game-high 34 points that lifted the Royals to an exciting 82-80 overtime win over the host Bearcats Tuesday night.
McBroom experienced one of those superhuman, in the zone performances in which he connected on 7-of-8 attempts from behind the arc (6-of-6 in the second half), and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. He scored 13 of his points in the fourth quarter to help erase a 54-50 Dexter lead, then nailed two clutch treys in overtime to help seal the win.
"He was bound to break out," Twin Rivers coach Jim Vaughan said of McBroom. "The kid shot 40 percent from behind the arc last year, 91 percent from the line, so he was bound to start having a good shooting night. It's just been in is head," he added, noting a early-season shooting slump by his 6-0 senior.
The effort didn't seem to surprise Dexter coach Eric Sitze.
"He (McBroom) played varsity all last year," Sitze said after the game. "We were concentrating real hard on Lance, doubling and trying to keep the ball away from him, but he would kick it out to McBroom and he got hot. And when that happens, you're in trouble. You had better get out there and guard him."
The game was filled with great individual efforts, as Dexter was determined to get its first win of the season and Twin Rivers (5-1) was equally motivated to break a losing streak to the 'Cats dating back several years.
Lance, the marquee player for the Royals, dropped 32 points in the game and Dexter's Eric Rinehart was also a hand full knocking down 28 on the night.
"He (Rinehart) made play after play tonight," Vaughan said of the Dexter senior. "I don't know if we ever had a answer for him. It seemed like every time we turned around he was coming off a cut through the middle going all the way out of the lane making a turn around jumper - tough shots to.
"I feel for their team because he played so hard, all of them," Vaughan continued. "They haven't come up with a win yet, but there were heroes and heroic moments all through the game."
One magical moment came late in the game when Twin Rivers hit four consecutive 3-pointers early in the fourth to forge a 64-64 tie with 3:09 remaining. A duce by McBroom would give the Royals the lead, but an offensive rebound and score and a steal by Rinehart (one of four) for two more moved Dexter out front, 68-66.
With time running down, a McBroom trey and two free throws appeared to seal the win in regulation (71-68), but Rinehart was fouled on a 3-point shot with 16 second remaining.
Rinehart would nail all three free throws to tie and game and a smothering Bearcats' defense would force a desperate shot by the Royals at the buzzer.
"The kids didn't quit, they kept playing," Sitze noted. "I pretty much thought we were out of it in regulation, but we ended up finding a way to come back and tie it up when Eric (Rinehart) hit three big free throw at the end."
In the OT, McBroom opened the scoring with back-to-back treys (77-71), but Dexter managed to claw its way back into the game and had a open shot under the basket for the tie that missed the mark at the buzzer.
"I know it has been awhile since Twin Rivers beat Dexter," Vaughan said. "I don't know if it's a monkey off our back or a burden off our shoulders, but it feels good to come over here and get a win because this is a place (Dexter's gym) where the home team always plays well - just a great atmosphere. I said it three years ago. This is the best atmosphere for high school basketball."