Bearden basketball snuck out a 67-60 overtime victory against Fulton on Wednesday night at home.
The Bulldogs (26-1) trailed Fulton (16-6) by as many as 14 and were down 18-6 at the end of the first quarter.
“The problem was we weren’t scoring at a good clip; they were a little more physical and aggressive than we were,” Coach Jeremy Parrott said. “It took us a minute to adjust to the speed of it; I don’t know why, but it did.”
Foul trouble was also a big factor in this game.
Junior Drew Pember, who normally plays the majority of any game, only played four out of 16 minutes in the first half due to his two fouls. Junior Ques Glover also spent significant time on the bench after a technical foul early in the second quarter.
Bearden started to make a comeback at the end of the first half, but at the start of the fourth quarter, Bearden still trailed by double digits. This is when Coach Parrott got his offense rolling.
With less than four minutes left in the game, Bearden took its first lead. After some back and forth made shots by both teams, the game went into overtime, tied at 55-55.
The Bulldogs dominated the overtime period to get the win and stay unbeaten against in-state opponents.
Glover finished the game with 24 points, scoring 19 of his points in the second half and overtime. Junior Trent Stephney followed him, scoring 23 points with 19 coming in the second.
The game definitely seemed to be full of emotions, with Bearden getting three technical fouls in the game.
“It’s a bragging rights game, just like the Webb game was,” Coach Parrott said. “These guys play with each other all the time, in AAU and pickup and things like that.
“Nothing is more fierce sometimes than a battle between friends.”
Bearden will look to continue its hot streak, taking on Hardin Valley (12-12, 6-7) at home on Friday. The girls will tipoff at 6 p.m., and the boys will follow at 7:30.