The road to the Birmingham has been rough for the Rebels. After having to come back from 17 points down to Talladega in the semi-finals, they were down nine points to Anniston in the 3rd quarter and they trailed by four in the 2nd overtime.
With :16 remaining in the 3rd overtime, Butler worked the ball to Lacey, who let go a 3-point try as time ran out. The ball hit the rim, bounced high and fell through the hoop to win the 5A Northeast title.
Both teams kept each other close in the 1st half. Anniston nursed one-point leads at the end of the 1st quarter and the half, then built a nine-point lead with 2:17 left in the 3rd quarter, but Butler got within 47-42 as they entered the 4th.
The Rebels took a 55-54 lead on Ralph Eason's layup with 2:25 left to go.
As time ran out, Anniston's Josh English was fouled and he hit two free throws which put the teams into overtime, 58-58.
The Bulldogs led by four points three different times in the 2nd overtime, the last with 1:33 left.
Lacey hit a field goal and free throw, then later another free throw and it was 66-66 going into the 3rd overtime.
Milton Curry led a balanced Anniston attack with 17 points. Anniston finishes the season at 24-5.
Both teams shot well from the floor, Anniston at 55.8% and Butler at 53.2.