Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Providence Wins OT Thriller; Big Crowd at UNF Sees Private-School Powers Renew Stirring Rivalry

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Providence Wins OT Thriller; Big Crowd at UNF Sees Private-School Powers Renew Stirring Rivalry

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Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT

It was only fitting that Monday's battle between Arlington Country Day and Providence went to overtime, considering how even the teams played.

Providence reserve guard Tyler Martin made a key steal and followed that with a pair of free throws to clinch the Stallions' 54-51 overtime win in front of a crowd estimated at 4,500 fans at UNF Arena.

ACD, the five-time state champion in Class 2A, had opportunities to win the game in both regulation and overtime. Both times they took a timeout with 8.9 seconds remaining, but they failed to get a shot off on either occasion. Providence center Patric Young deflected a pass and time expired in regulation with the scored knotted at 48-all.

Martin, who was in the game during the entire overtime after Stacey Poole fouled out with 2:26 left in regulation, made his defensive stop with and then sank the two free throws with 6.9 seconds left in the extra session. ACD's Ian Baker put up a 3-point shot in an attempt to force a second overtime, but the ball bounced off the rim and into the grasp of Wayne Martin, preserving the Stallions' win.

"It was a great game in a great atmosphere. It's unfortunate that someone has to lose in great games like this," said Providence coach Jim Martin, whose team is ranked No. 1 in Class 2A this season. "I think everyone here tonight got their money's worth.

"Both teams played great defense and really made it tough to get a good look at the basket. Our kids were saying they [ACD] were the best leapers they've ever seen. Guys were coming out of nowhere and blocking our shots. You're off the charts when you can do that."

There were 23 lead changes and seven ties in the 36 minutes. From the six-minute mark of the second quarter to five minutes left in the game, both teams held one three-point lead. Otherwise, the difference between them was two points or less. …

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