Staging one of the most dramatic comebacks in playoff basketball history, the W.T. Woodson Cavaliers erased a 19-point fourth quarter deficit to force overtime and stun the Wakefield Warriors, 75-70 in overtime in the Northern Region Championship at Robinson Secondary School. It's the first Northern Region title in basketball in school history for W.T. Woodson
Woodson used the three-point line to their advantage, converting 10-of-23 from long distance in rallying for the win to move their record to 24-4 overall before heading to the Group AAA State Tournament. The Cavs made 7-of-15 from beyond the arc after half-time.
Leading the Cavs was Northern Region Tournament MVP Peter Murray with 21 points, 10 reobunds and a pair of blocks. Shooting guard Alex Boock scored 20 points, 12 from long distance, and added 6 boards and 3 assists. Another senior, Tommy Stepka, chipped in 12 points and 8 boards. Boock and Stepka joined Murray on the All-Tournament Team.
Sophomore point guard and Patriot District Player of the Year Eric Bowles filled the stat sheet with 11 points, seven boards and eight assists for Woodson. Damion Bell came off the bench to score all 8 of his points in the second half.
Leading Wakefield with a tremendous individual performance in defeat was National District Player of the Year and All-Tournament Team selection Khory Moore. A senior guard, Moore ended up with 37 points on 14-of-24 shooting from the field, 6-for-8 from long range and had 4 boards as well as 4 assists.
Sophomore center Dominique Tham, who was coming off a triple-double in the regional semifinals versus Robinson, finished with 12 points, 13 boards and 3 blocks, but had only 2 points in the second half. Tham earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Jalen Carver chipped in 12 points. Emias Nega grabbed 11 rebounds.
Wakefield (24-5) kept pace with Woodson from three-point range with 7 makes from downtown, but couldn't put the game away at the free-throw line, going 9-for-18 at the charity stripe.
Others making the All-Northern Region Tournament Team outside of those that competed in the Championship game included South County's Oren Burks and Robinson's Matt Fall.
W.T. Woodson will be the Northern Region's #1 seed and play Northwest Region runner-up Battlefield (19-9) in the AAA State Tournament quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Wakefield will be the Northern Region's #2 seed and travel to play Northwest Region Champion Mountain View (26-2), which has won 24 consecutive games after a 2-2 start to the season.
Mountain View outscored Battlefield 25-16 in the fourth quarter to prevail 68-64 in the Northwest Region Championship and keep its win streak alive,.
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