The Terry Rangers employed a full-court press in the final minutes of Friday’s game to help them defeat Lamar Consolidated 57-50 and win the Battle of the ’Berg.
The win boosts Terry’s District 24-5A record to seven wins and eight losses and season record to 19-20.
Terry is ranked No. 5 in the nine-team district. The top four teams advance to the playoffs.
The loss drops No. eight-ranked Lamar to 2-14 in district play and 10-21 for the season.
Connell Olivaccé led the scoring for Terry with 26 points — eight of them from the charity stripe.
The Mustangs led 12-9 at the end of the first period of play but Cody Play stole the ball and raced down court for a layup early in the second eight-minute segment to give Terry a 13-12 lead.
The Mustangs recaptured the lead and kept it until halftime, going into the locker rooms with a slight 26-23 advantage.
The Rangers and Mustangs remained neck and neck through the third period with Terry gaining a two-basket lead heading into the final segment of play.
Terry’s full-court press apforced numerous turnovers by the Mustangs in the fourth period and allowed the Rangers to stay two baskets ahead throughout the period.
Gerry Ray teamed up with Olivaccé, Nick Jones and Erik Perez to give Terry a 53-47 lead with less than a minute to play.
Jone’s dunk with 20 seconds remaining make it a 55-47 game and he and Olivaccé sank free throws in the final seconds to secure the win.
Jones contributed 12 points to Terry’s score while teammates Cody Ray and Gerry Ray each contributed six points. JaBari Woods recorded four points and Michael Odom and Carter Jackson each scored two points.
Jameil Robinson led the scoring for the Mustangs with 14 followed by Khalil Wells 11 points.