Treyton Terry stood at midcourt, calmly keeping his dribble alive as his eyes bounced from side to side. All options were available, but the Pioneer guard already knew what he was going to do.
It was winning time and he was going to score.
Terry capped an incredible comeback for the Pioneers Monday with a three-point play with 2.9 seconds left, lifting his squad to a 42-39 victory over visiting Franklin South.
Warren County (3-2) had trailed by double digits in the second half, but in the final three minutes the Pioneers tightened their defense and found a rhythm offensively to claw back into the game. Terry provided the winning lift in the waning seconds.
After Baylor Melton knotted the game with a late free throw, the Pioneers were able to get a defensive stop with 30 seconds to play. Terry pushed the ball into the front court, but stopped near midcourt to survey and make sure the Pioneers got the final shot.
When Franklin South tried to pressure the Pioneer guard, Terry flew toward the rim, using a crossover dribble to split a pair of defenders. Meeting towering posts near the rim, Terry was able to rise and finish through contact, his shot spinning around the rim before falling in.
Terry added the ensuing free throw for insurance, though a late heave by the Trojans never got close to the rim.
Players mobbed Terry after the game, as his 10 points helped the team win its second straight game.
Terry may have had the last basket, but Alex van Vuuren and Melton were the ones who kept the Pioneers within striking distance and shouldered a heavy load making up the gap.
When Warren County needed baskets late, van Vuuren stepped up. On a night where he netted a team-high 14 points, van Vuuren had a big basket late, bullying defenders to get up a short jumper from the right block.
Providing the fulcrum of the offense in the middle of the Franklin South zone, van Vuuren also fed Melton for two layups and another short try where the big man was fouled. Melton’s tying free throw in the final minute gave him 11 points.
Dyson Elam added four points while Aaron Templeton finished with three points, all coming on a huge 3-pointer in the fourth quarter during the Pioneer rally.