CAMDEN — Sam Agee knew what he had to do.
With his team trailing by two with under 10 seconds left in the game, Agee grabbed a rebound off a teammate’s missed shot and instead of taking a shot from near point blank range to tie the game, he raced behind the three-point line, on the left wing, and let a shot fly.
The ball swished through the net with 2.9 seconds left which ultimately capped off a wild rally to send Preble Shawnee boys basketball team home with a thrilling 67-66 win over visiting Carlisle on Friday, Dec. 20.
“I knew as soon as I grabbed it I was going to shoot it. I had a feeling. I just felt it,” he said.
The Arrows trailed by as many 10 points in the fourth quarter and still trailed by seven (63-56) with 1:30 to play.
Agee scored with 1:17 left to make it a 63-58 game. A pair of Carlisle free throws with 1:09 left pushed its lead back to seven at 65-58.
Agee, who scored a team-high 22 points with seven rebounds and seven assists, knocked down a three with a minute left to make it a 65-61 game.
The Indians then made one of two free throws with 45 seconds left for a 66-61 lead.
Dylan Hatmaker, who scored six on the night for Shawnee, connected on a three with 32 seconds left to get the Arrows to within 66-64.
A Carlisle turnover followed setting up the wild finish.
The Arrows missed a three-pointer, but Agee was there for the rebound and ultimately the game-winning shot.
Bryce Singleton had a solid showing for the Arrows. He scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had four assists.
Carlisle held a 17-11 lead after the first quarter and was up 35-23 at the break and 50-40 after three.
“What a game,” Shawnee coach Dale Spitler Jr. said. “A couple of times this year we’ve been on the other side of that where we’ve led the whole way and the team steals it at the end. So it’s nice to know some of them actually do go your way sometimes. We didn’t give up. Everybody contributed.”
The Arrows, now 2-4 overall and 2-2 in the Southwestern Buckeye league Buckeye Division, are scheduled to host their annual holiday tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28.
The tournament will begin on Friday at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. with junior varsity games. Oakwood will meet Tri-County North in the first game and Shawnee will play Twin Valley South in the second.
Varsity games will be played at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. that same evening with the same match-ups.
On Saturday, games will be played at 1 p.m. 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to avoid conflicts with the Ohio State football game.
Admission is $4 on Friday for the first session and $6 for the evening session. Admission for Saturday is $6.
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