Landry-Walker boys basketball coach Brian Gibson said it was the kind of victory he thinks can prepare his team for the long haul.
The Charging Buccaneers, the defending Class 4A champions took a 70-59 double-overtime victory at bitter rival Karr on Friday in the District 9-4A opener for both teams.
Lomar Peters, a key player for Landry-Walker last season, scored 21 points, including a driving layup at the start of the second overtime that sent the Bucs (15-8, 1-0) on their way. Guard Tevin King followed with a 3-pointer, Lamonte Berzat, another guard, sank four big free throws to seal the win.
“This was the kind of win that can pull us together,” Gibson said. “We have a lot of new players on this team, and for them to come into this type of environment and hang in there and get this win was big.”
Karr was led by Raekwon Bush, who scored 18 points, Darren Hulbert with 12 and Tyree Thompson with 11. However, Devin Edinburg scored all four of his points in a 30-second span that gave Karr a 56-52 lead midway of the first overtime. He sank a jump shot, then made a steal and a tip-in on the fast break.
Hoever, King answered with a three-point play and Peters a drive as the Bucs came back to send the game into the second overtime tied at 57.
Regulation play ended tied at 52 when Berzat sank a jumper and the teams held on in the final minute with neither scoring.
Gibson said Landry-Walker center Blake Paul was the key to the victory. Paul scored nine points but had six blocked shots and controlled the lane. Paul picked up his fourth foul in the first overtime but stayed in the rest of the way.
“They like to drive the lane, especially with Tyree,” Gibson said. “(Paul) did a good job of keeping the lane shut down.”
The Cougars took a 27-23 halftime lead by stemming a Landry-Walker run near the end of the second quarter and with Bush scoring 13 points.
The third quarter ended with Karr ahead 41-40 after taking a 32-27 lead three minutes into the quarter.
The fourth quarter went back and forth, with four lead changes and three ties, the last at 52 when the quarter ended.
The Cougars had taken a 19-13 lead at the end of the first quarter on the strength of their free-throw shooting, with both teams pressing.