Bloomington North made clutch baskets at the end of regulation and overtime to give the Cougars a thrilling 46-45 win over New Albany on Saturday in the championship game of the Class 4A Seymour Regional.
New Albany led 38-35 with 15.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter when Leondre McBirth missed two free throws.
The Cougars worked the ball until Tyler Truesdel made a 3-pointer from the right wing as time expired to send the game into overtime.
McBirth converted a three-point play with 22.8 seconds left in overtime to put New Albany on top 45-43. But with 4.5 seconds to go, Saikou Jallow hit a 3-point shot from the right wing for the final points of the night.
New Albany missed a desperation attempt from midcourt as time expired.
The Bulldogs, behind 11 points from McBirth, led 15-14 at the end of the first quarter.
The Cougars were scoreless in the second quarter on 0-for-8 shooting and trailed 22-14 at the half.
Grant Sims topped the Cougars with 14 points, while McBirth led the Bulldogs (18-7) with 22 points.
In the first game Saturday morning, New Albany took a 39-30 lead into the fourth quarter before holding off a late charge by Evansville Central and advancing with a 47-45 win.
McBirth topped New Albany with 19 points, and Kourtlandt Martin led the Bears (16-7) with 14 points.
Bloomington North advanced to the finals with a 55-50 win over Franklin Central. The Cougars built a 27-21 lead at halftime of that game.
Sims was high scorer with 19 points, and Lucas Hoffman topped the Flashes (13-11) with 17 points.
Bloomington North (16-8) will play No. 2 Indianapolis Tech (25-2) Saturday in the second game of the Richmond Semistate. The first game at 4 p.m. will be the Class 3A matchup of No. 2 Guerin Catholic (22-3) versus defending state champion and No. 1-ranked Greensburg (26-1).
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