Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

BOYS BASKETBALL - ST. ALBANS 54, WINFIELD 52, OT ; Dawson's Jumper Leads St. Albans Past Winfield

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

BOYS BASKETBALL - ST. ALBANS 54, WINFIELD 52, OT ; Dawson's Jumper Leads St. Albans Past Winfield

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WINFIELD - In a game chock full of big shots, Dujuan Dawson had the final say.

Dawson hit a pull-up jumper from just beyond the foul line with less than a second to play Tuesday night, giving St. Albans a 54-52 overtime victory against Winfield. Both Dawson and Phillip Hall scored 19 points for the Red Dragons (1-1), who led by as many as nine in the second half but had to withstand a late charge by the hot-shooting Generals.

St. Albans held the ball for the final 1:44, calling timeouts with 39 and 13 seconds remaining to set up the final shot, with Dawson dribbling the ball at the top of the key in the last sequence. He took a jab step into the lane against his defender, then backed off and rose for the game-winner.

"We didn't think they could guard Phillip in any kind of space," said SA coach Bryan Faber, "and we didn't think they could guard Dujuan in any kind of space, either. At the end, we went 1-4 flat and liked the matchup. I thought [Dujuan] could get past him and worst-case scenario, he gets fouled. He made a great decision."

Winfield's Braeden McGrew forced the OT by banking home a desperation 25-foot 3-pointer on the run.

Trailing 50-47, the Generals had the ball at midcourt with 4.5 seconds left in regulation and wanted to get it in the hands of Peyton Moore (26 points), but SA tipped the inbound pass deep into the backcourt, forcing McGrew to retreat, collect the ball, dribble it upfloor and let it fly at the buzzer.

Moore was on fire all night for Winfield (1-2), knocking down 11 of 12 shots, including a 4 of 5 effort on 3-pointers. He gave the Generals hope with 13 seconds left in regulation, draining a 3 from the top of the key with a defender in his face to narrow SA's lead to 48-47.

Hall was fouled with seven seconds on the clock and made both free throws for a three-point lead, but Winfield responded with McGrew's magic. …

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