Pickens County Wins after three Overtimes

This information was reported Thursday from the AHSAA website:

Pickens County 88, Houston County 86 (3 OT)

            Nicholas Stewart's steal with two seconds left in the third overtime led to the winning bucket as he sank a 15-foot jumper just before the buzzer to lift Pickens County to its first state basketball title, 88-86 over Houston County.

The Class 2A state championship contest was one for the history books as the two teams were tied at 65 at the end of regulation, 72-72 after one overtime and 78-78 after the second extra period.

The game was still tied at 86 with the final seconds ticking down when Stewart came up with the steal and winning bucket.

Stewart finished with 17 points to earn All-Tourney honors. Deion Curry was named MVP for the Tornadoes (27-2) with 31 points on 4-of-6 3-point goals and 10-of-16 shooting overall for Coach Russ Wallace. All-Tourney selection Lajuan Doss added 20 points and five assists and Markeithton Hall had 11 points before fouling out.

Houston County (26-10) placed six players in double figures, including All-Tourney selections Tyreek Granger with 20 and Jeremy Robinson with 17. Each also had 10 rebounds. Jazerek Peterson added 12 points, Andrew Bolden had 11, Desmond Warren and Earnest Tyson 10 each.

The All-Tourney Team: Deion Curry, Pickens County (MVP); Jeremy Robinson, Houston County; Jake Mitchell, Mars Hill Bible; Brandon Burt, Sand Rock; LaJuan Doss, Pickens County; Tyreek Granger, Houston County; and Nicholas Stewart, Pickens County.