REPUBLIC, Mo. -- A great week of basketball at the Class 4 District 11 Tournament in Republic came to an exhilarating close on Saturday afternoon, as Dorial Green-Beckham and the Hillcrest Hornets outlasted a tough Rogersville squad in a 56-50 overtime victory.
Rogersville nearly won the game in regulation, as Joe Young’s last second shot rimmed out and Aaron Orchard's put back attempt circled the rim but did not fall. The first quarter was a sign of things to come, as Hillcrest ran out to a 12-9 first quarter lead over Coach Rod Gorman’s Rogersville team. The packed house at Republic saw Rogersville answer Hillcrest’s first quarter dominance with a run of their own, as the Wildcats outscored Hillcrest 13-9 to take a slim 22-21 lead at halftime.
The game would remain close in the third quarter, as both teams traded buckets. Rogersville was able to maintain a 36-34 lead over Hillcrest going into the fourth quarter, as Joe Young and Aaron Orchard’s strong play kept Rogersville on top.