INDIANAPOLIS — Tournament time in basketball is all about dramatic shots at the end of games.
On Saturday night, the Ben Davis Giants had their 2012-13 season end with some of that drama.
Pike senior Taishaun Johnson made an open 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining to lift his fifth-ranked team to a 72-70 win in overtime against Ben Davis in the Class 4A Sectional 11 championship game at Decatur Central.
Johnson’s shot came early enough that Ben Davis got a chance to answer, but Michael Beaty’s drive to the Ben Davis basket missed the rim and left just one second for Pike to whittle off the clock for its sectional title.
Johnson’s winning shot drew a joyful oncourt celebration for the red-clad Pike team and fans, while extending plenty of silence inside the Ben Davis locker room.
Ben Davis coach Mark James quietly accepted the loss amongst his assistant coaches.
“It was a hard fought ballgame, and it came down to one possession,” James said. “(Pike) made the shot when they needed to. It was not so much that we got beat, the clock just ran out on us.”
That the game came down to a single big shot was of little surprise. The biggest leads of the night came in the first and second quarters when Pike jumped out early 16-8 and the Giants used a 12-0 run on the way to taking a 27-20 edge.
And the second half was even tighter with neither side gaining more than a four-point lead the rest of the night.
“We knew what they were going to do,” James said. “We had plenty of chances to build leads, and so did they, but neither team could do it.”
Even in overtime, leads proved to be of little consequence.
Ben Davis went ahead 66-65 with 1:29 left as Jordan King put back a missed shot. Then Johnson answered by hitting a three and free throw for a four-point swing in Pike’s favor.