MILLEDGEVILLE — The John Milledge Academy varsity basketball teams split a doubleheader against Tattnall Square Academy Friday evening.
The Trojan boys (3-0) won an overtime thriller 54-50, while the girls’ team (2-1) dropped its first game of the young season 41-34, at the Trojan Center.
JMA boys’ head coach Thomas Craig said he was proud of his team-total 20 steals, but in the end the Trojans had to steal the game back after being in command for most of the night.
“I thought we played hard for five quarters,” said Craig. “We battled back and found a way to win. I’m proud of my kids.”
The JMA boys got outscored 17-7 in the fourth quarter and needed a late bucket to get to overtime.
Both Prestwood brothers would be factors in the outcome, but Andrew Prestwood sank five free throws in the final minute of overtime to break a 49-49 score and allow his team to hold on for the win.
While Andrew provided the offensive heroics, brother Amos was solid defensively leading the team in rebounds and steals with nine and six, respectively.
The Trojans took an early 10-2 lead before Tattnall tied the game at 10. The Trojans then went on an impressive 16-point run highlighted by seven of those points scored by Brandon Panfil in a 45-second span that was capped with a steal and layup.
The momentum allowed the JMA boys to carry a 27-12 lead into the intermission. Panfil would finish with a team-high 20 points going 7-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Tattnall Academy fought back and finally took the lead with 3:30 left at 41-39. Again it was Panfil who this time sent the game to overtime with a tying-bucket that made it 43-43 with just three ticks remaining. Both teams traded the lead in the OT with it ultimately being decided at the charity stripe by Andrew Prestwood, who finished with 16 points.