The New Palestine boys basketball team continued its late-game dramatics Saturday night in Whiteland.
Junior Steele Brasfield hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left to tie the game. The Dragons then forced a stop to send the contest to OT and then scored the first 11 points of the extra session in a 67-56 victory.
NP led for much of the second half, but Whiteland rallied to take a 53-50 lead when Logan Willoughby tied the game with a 3-pointer and the Warriors hit 3-of-4 from the line on their next two possessions. That set up Brasfield, who drilled a triple to send the game to OT tied at 53.
Brasfield then hit a 3-pointer to start overtime. Eli Stephens followed with a basket to put NP up 58-53 before Brasfield hit four straight free throws, followed by another hoop from Stephens to put the Dragons up 64-53. After a Whiteland score, Brasfield added a free throw and Matthew Brown the exclamation point with a hoop to seal the victory.
The Dragons are now 3-0 in overtime this season, all of which were set up by the game-tying shot in the last 15 seconds. The Dragons’ last three victories have featured a rally from a deficit in the final seconds.
Brasfield finished with 28 points – including eight in overtime and 10 in the third and fourth quarters – to lead the Dragons. Blaine Nunnally and Brown added 13 points each.
Brown scored six first-quarter points, but the Dragons trailed 19-14 after one. A big second quarter put NP up 32-27 at the break, with Brasfield scoring eight points and Nunnally seven. Each hit a 3-pointer in the frame. The Dragons pushed the lead to 42-34 after three, with Brasfield hitting a pair of shots in the quarter.
Whiteland began the fourth quarter with a 7-2 run to cut the lead to three, with Brasfield scoring the Dragons’ points. Nunnally hit a hoop to push the edge to 46-41. Three free throws by Brown and one by Brasfield kept NP up 50-47 before six straight points put the Warriors ahead and set the stage for Brasfield’s game-tying triple.
Willoughby led Whiteland with 25 points.
The Dragons are now 14-7, having won four of their last five games. They finish the regular season Friday at home against Greenwood.