The Vermilion Sailors came back from a six-point deficit Tuesday in overtime to defeat the Dukes at the 2nd Annual Gossman Holiday Classic.
Wellington jumped to a six-point lead in fifth-quarter action after sophomore Maxwell Joppeck sank two free throws, making it 65-59.
The Sailors hit back-to-back threes to tie the game with under 28 seconds left on the extended clock. Vermilion was able to score another basket before time expired to take the game 67-65 over Wellington.
The Dukes had an early 17-13 lead over the Sailors but the game was tied 31-31 by halftime.
Wellington trailed 57-56 with a minute and 30 seconds left in the final quarter. Trey Bealer sank one of two free throws to tie the game 59-59 with under 30 seconds to play.
The boys led the entire game Monday in the first round of the tournament against the Martin Luther King Crusaders.
The Dukes held the Crusaders to 10 points in the final period to take the game 56-48 and advance to the championship round in a rematch of last year’s game against the Sailors. Vermilion won the tournament in 2014.
Wellington had a 12-point lead over Martin Luther by halftime and with under two minutes to play in the fourth quarter its lead was cut to 52-40.
Photos by Russ Gifford | Wellington Enterprise Junior Trey Bealer splits the MLK defense for two points and is fouled.