Jerod Hamilton’s layup as time expired Friday night lifted the Sierra Lutheran High School boys basketball team to a 61-60 Western Division I victory at Virginia City.
Sierra Lutheran (7-5 overall, 2-1 league) outscored the Muckers 16-2 over the final three minutes to overcome a double-digit deficit and secure the victory.
“The boys showed some heart and a whole lot of athleticism,” Sierra Lutheran coach Alan Reed said. “They didn’t quit and played until the final whistle.”
And the Falcons needed every second on the clock to pull it out. Virginia City (8-3, 1-1) had a chance to extend its one-point lead with 6 seconds remaining, however, the Muckers missed a pair of free throws. Michael Patrick came down with the rebound on the second miss and threw a long pass downcourt to Hamilton, who streaked in for the game-winning layup.
Nick Walker scored 23 points to lead the Falcons offensively, while Patrick added 14 and Hamilton 13. Walker and Patrick combined to hit five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
The comeback was similar to a game played last season on Jan. 25, 2013, when the Falcons staged a fourth-quarter rally to win 53-51 at Virginia City.
Sierra Lutheran pitched a first-quarter shutout Friday night on its way to a 30-11 Northern Division IV victory at Virginia City.
Sierra Lutheran led 8-0 after one quarter and went on to lock up a win that improved its overall season record to 5-6, 1-1 in league.
Cali Benton turned in a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Amy Westre also scored 9 points while Leanna Temple contributed 4 assists and 6 steals.
The Falcons resume league play Tuesday when they host Whittell.