Glynn Academy leading by two points, stole an inbounds pass with less than a minute to go, and Marquise Cuyler grabbed a rebound of Stephen Johnson’s missed foul shot with 20 seconds to play in a 56-50 victory Friday over Effingham County.
The Rebels trailed by as much as 11 points late in the third quarter. But Nolan Spake’s 3-pointer at the buzzer led to a 10-0 run that Steven Tarpley finished with a 3-pointer off a Spake assist, cutting the gap to 47-46.
Tarpley scored again off a Spake steal and assist with 2:05 to go, bringing the Rebels within 52-50. After Tarpley came up with a steal on the sideline and saved the ball back inbounds, the Rebels called timeout. But the Terrors (12-8, 6-1 Region 3-AAAA) stole the inbounds pass, denying the Rebels a potential tying shot.
Effingham, behind Marquel Manior, grabbed an early 9-2 lead before the Terrors answered with a 9-0 spurt. Manior sparked a 7-0 run in retaliation, and the back-and-forth affair was on.
Manior, who had four offensive rebounds in the first five minutes, scored 12 of the Rebels’ first 14 points. He picked up his second foul in the second quarter, but Darryl Wright came off the bench to score six points in the final 2:38 of the first half. The game was tied three times in the second quarter and the last lead change came on Jarre Hall’s three-point play to make it 26-25 with 55.5 seconds remaining.
Perry Herbert’s steal and driving layup with 5 seconds to go before intermission brought the Rebels (5-17, 0-6) to within 28-27.
Herbert hit a 3 and turned a 3-pointer into a four-point play, keeping the Rebels within a point midway through the third. The Red Terrors, riding 6-foot-11 junior center Thomas Vonashek, quickly stretched that advantage. Vonashek had seven points as Glynn put together a 12-2 run for a 47-36 lead, the largest for either team.
Manior led all scorers with 18 points, and Herbert added 14. Tarpley scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter, Wright finished with six and Spake had five points.
Eight Red Terrors scored, led by 10 points each from Hall and Andersen. Cuyler and Aaron Gittings each had nine, and Vonashek scored eight.