Harrison Prieto’s 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced off the rim as the Mandeville Skippers held on for a 55-52 victory over the St. Paul’s Wolves in a District 6-5A game at St. Paul’s.
The victory was sweet revenge for the Skippers, who lost at home to the Wolves 64-59.
“Our halfcourt defense played well all night, but we couldn’t stop Prieto inside” Skippers coach Paul Paille said. “We just played hard and hit our free throws down the stretch.”
Mandeville (15-8, 8-2) made 8 of 9 free throws in the fourth quarter and 11 of 14 for the game.
St. Paul’s suffered its first district loss after nine victories and fell to 19-7 overall.
The Wolves made just 9 of 18 free throws but stayed in the game thanks to 18 offensive rebounds that were turned into 17 points.
Hunter Dugas led the Skippers with 21 points and Ethan Turner added 12 points.
The Wolves were led by Stephen Hammond with 13 points, and Parker Edwards and Prieto each added 10 points.
Neither team led by more than five points.
The Skippers trailed 47-45 after a Prieto layup with 3:36 left in the game. But Mandeville went on a 7-2 run over the next 2:55 to grab a 52-48 lead with 41 seconds left.
The Skippers hit 19 of 49 from the field for 38.8 percent. Mandeville hit 5 of 19 3-point attempts.
St. Paul’s made 18 of 56 from the field for 32.1 percent. The Wolves hit 4 of 18 on 3-pointers.
The Skippers jumped to an 11-6 lead thanks to back to back 3-pointers by Turner. Torico Jones also added another 3-pointer to give Mandeville a lead with 1:40 left in the first quarter.
The Wolves closed the first quarter on a 7-2 run for a 13-all tie.
Edwards short jumper tied the score with just 13 seconds left in the first quarter.
Mandeville grabbed its largest lead of the second quarter on a three-point play by Hunter Dugas to make the score 22-18 with 3:10 to go in the first half.
St. Paul’s grabbed a 23-22 lead thanks to Edwards scoring the next five points over the next minute.
Mandeville led 25-24 at the half.