It took until the final 1.5 seconds of regulation for the Valley View Eagles to take its first lead against the Era Hornets, but that was all VVHS needed to clinch a win Friday at the annual Holiday Classic
Following a frantic fourth quarter comeback for Valley View, senior forward Kollin Meyer delivered when it counted, hitting a game winning jump shot on baseline to give the Eagles a narrow 52-50 victory.
With the win, Valley View will face Callisburg in the consolation finals at 1:30 p.m. today. The Hornets will take on the Gainesville junior varsity team at 10:30 a.m. today in the seventh place game.
Era took control early on, and showed no signs of giving up its lead until the game’s final eight minutes. Led by sophomore Alan McClung, who led EHS with 14 points, the Hornets stormed out to an 18-6 lead after the first and went into the final quarter with a comfortable 44-31 edge.
That’s when Valley View began to chip away. Sophomore guard Rusty Shell got the comeback going, starting the quarter by making a 3-pointer. Meyer then hit a pair of free throws, and sophomore guard
Joe Don Pembroke cut into the lead again with a steal in the back court and a lay up.
The Eagles then turned to the full court press, cutting the lead to 50-46 by pressuring the Era offense.
With the lead in sight, Meyer took over. The senior scored on his own rebound before hitting a runner in the lane to tie the game at 50.
Meyer then stole the ball during Era’s next possession to set up a game winning shot, which he hit with just enough time to clinch the win.
Meyer led all players with 21 points, including 18 in the second half. Shell added nine points while Pembroke scored seven.