Shaw Franklin hit two free throws in the closing seconds of overtime to give the Mineola Yellowjackets a 49-48 win over Edgewood on Friday at the Mineola gymnasium.
For pure entertainment value, it doesn’t get much better than a well-competed high school basketball game. Those who were at the Mineola gymnasium Friday know this is a fact. The Yellowjackets fought an excellent Edgewood squad tooth and nail all night, and walked off with an overtime victory.
Both sides were stoked for this contest as the two schools once again were competing for top place in district rankings. Mineola came out with purpose. Out-rebounding Edgewood 7–4 and forcing five first-quarter Edgewood turnovers, the Yellowjackets were quick on the step.
Davion Sneed produced six of the Jackets 10 first-quarter points, including a direct put-in from an inbound play and an offensive put-back. It was all good from the Jackets in the early going. At the break the hosts led 10–4.
What happened at the quarter break wasn’t clear, but in the second quarter the Yellowjackets couldn’t seem to get out of their own way. Edgewood out-rebounded the Jackets 9–5 in the second quarter and forced three turnovers. The Jackets were doing a lot of work in the offensive zone but produced nothing but a pair of free throws for all the effort. At half the Bulldogs were up 20–12.
For Mineola fans, the third quarter was a jewel of a quarter to watch. Jonah Fischer, Shaw Franklin and Kelby Bruner all hit 3-pointers in a hard fought quarter of play. A lot of whistles stopped play, but the fouls were hard earned and nothing flagrant. The quarter proved to be all square with each team managing 10 points.
Starting the fourth quarter down by five, 30–25, the Jackets turned in their best four minutes of the game. Maintaining a laser focus, Mineola drew on contributions from the whole squad to eventually take the lead 37–36 on a Fischer 3-pointer.
The lead changed back and forth for the rest of regulation. Two Davion Sneed free throws tied the score at 42 with only 4 seconds to play. Last ditch efforts failed, and the two teams headed for overtime. Edgewood jumped out to a quick four point lead, but an inside bucket by Sneed and a 3-pointer by Bruner put the Jackets within one point with eight seconds to play.
Edgewood had the lead, the ball and eight seconds on the clock. The inbound pass in the backcourt was tipped by Mineola, resulting in a steal as the seconds ticked down. Franklin went up for a shot, missed, but was fouled. His two free throws gave the Yellowjackets the win.