Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Parkway West Slides by Central in Triple Overtime; Boys Basketball

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Parkway West Slides by Central in Triple Overtime; Boys Basketball

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CHESTERFIELD * In just two seconds Wyatt Yess went from hero to goat to savior.

A sophomore center for the Parkway West boys basketball team, Yess had an open layup on the left side of the basket with three seconds on the clock and his Longhorns trailing by two in regulation. The ball left his hand, kicked off the rim, and fell out. In a panic, Yess sprang up, tipped the ball and as the horn sounded it dropped through.

"I turned around as fast as I could and hit the ball and luckily it went in," Yess said, grinning.

Yess gave Parkway West new life as it outlasted Parkway Central for a thrilling 78-75 triple overtime victory on Friday at Central.

"It was definitely one of the craziest high school games I've ever played in," Yess said. "A triple overtime against your rival? I couldn't ask for anything more. I'm just glad we came out on top."

West (12-7 overall, 2-1 Suburban Central North) had to survive a sensational night by Central standout guard Jarrett Cox-Bradley. The 6-foot Cox-Bradley finished with 31 points and was dynamite from all over the court. He knocked down three 3-pointers, all in the fourth quarter, that brought Central (11-7, 3-1) to the cusp of victory.

"I got to be real honest, I could not be more proud of the way we played," Central coach Rick Kirby said. "We made an unbelievable amount of plays, especially Jarrett."

Central trailed nearly all of regulation. The Colts didn't take their first lead until there was 1 minute and 9 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Cox-Bradley hit his second triple of the quarter. His third 3-pointer put the Colts up 58-56 with eight seconds remaining. West called timeout and set up its play. Yess then delivered to send it into overtime.

"Resiliency is something we have talked about," West coach John Wright said. "There were a few times there it didn't look real good for the Longhorns and somebody made a play."

Yess finished with 24 points. Fellow center Nick Lathrop came up huge, too. …

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