The Mildred Eagles rallied late in the fourth quarter to force overtime, then outscored Italy by two points in the extra period to take the consolation championship of the 2019 Kiwanis Classic 64-62 at Navarro College.
After leading at the end of the first period, Mildred would fall behind midway through the second period, 18-16, and trail for the remainder of regulation.
One two occasions in the second half, the Eagles would pull even only to see the Gladiators pull back ahead, eventually taking a nine-point lead, 53-44, with just 2:37 remaining in the fourth quarter. Nine points would be the largest lead for either team during the contest.
Mildred would mount a furious comeback, sparked by three 3-point shots by Creed Baker, including the game-tying shot with just six seconds remaining, to force overtime tied at 55-55.
The Gladiators struggled from the free throw line throughout the game, making only 19 out of 40 attempts. It was even worse during the last two minutes, as Italy only made 2 out of 8 free throws down the stretch.
For the game, Baker would hit 6 three-point shots and finish with a team-high 31 points, including 19 in the pivotal fourth quarter and overtime.
After Italy scored first to begin overtime, back-to-back baskets by Bishop Harris and Baker would give Mildred the lead for the first time since the 6:14 mark of the second quarter.
The Gladiators would tie the game at 61-61 with less than a minute remaining in overtime, but Baker would hit another big shot with 43 seconds remaining to give Mildred the lead for good, 64-61.
Italy had one last chance to tie, but Kort Holley, who led the Gladiators with 33 points, was called for charging, his fifth foul of the game, with just 14 seconds remaining.
In addition to Baker, six more Eagles scored points in the victory. Garrett Warren dropped in 10 points, while Cody Hayes added 9 points. Also scoring were Harris (5 points), Dillon McFadden (4), Preston Kindle (3), and Branch Brooks (2).
As a team, Mildred hit 12 three-point shots in the game.