By Will Willems
---- — The Lebanon Tigers boys basketball team has had their fair share of close losses.
Saturday, against Crispus Attucks, the Tigers got a close victory. Sam Godby's runner with 1.5 seconds left in overtime gave Lebanon the 62-60 win at Memory Hall.
"I think it is a good win for us," Lebanon head coach Albert Hendrix said. "Couple weeks ago at Danville we hit a big shot to force overtime, then it went to double overtime and we couldn't get over the hump, but we played a great game. Against Brebeuf last night we battled and battled against the fourth-ranked team in the state and had it close with a minute to go but couldn't get it done. Tonight was a good night because our kids got rewarded for their hard work."
Lebanon led by one heading into the fourth quarter in the back-and-forth game.
After Attucks took a 47-46 lead with 4:40 to go, Godby hit two free throws to put the Tigers up one with 3:47 to play.
The lead changed hands two more times in the final minutes, and when Godby split two free throws with 9.5 seconds left to give Lebanon a 52-50 lead.
Attucks was able to come down the court and force overtime when Darrell Hutchison made a lay-up with one second left.
Hendricks said his team had to regroup after having the score tied late.
"It was the opposite of the Danville game," Hendrix said. "In that game we hit the shot, but they regrouped and turned the table on us, and I felt like we did that tonight and without Nick Starkey, who picked up his fifth foul late. We had three freshmen on the floor and I thought the guys played hard. It was a good team win. We handled their pressure and kept it at the pace of game we wanted."
For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.