BIRMINGHAM , AL (WAFF) - The Plainview Bears beat the Hillcrest Jaguars on Friday to win the 3A boys basketball championship.
The Bears (34-2) had to stage a comeback after giving up the lead to the Jaguars (23-3) in the 3rd quarter.
Plainview won the game 78-75 in overtime.
[WATCH REPLAY: Plainview vs Hillcrest championship game]
The Bears went into halftime with a 35-25 lead over Hillcrest. The Jaguars, thanks to the skills of leading scorer Kobe Bradley, took the 44-42 lead late in the 3rd.
The Jaguar faithful erupted after a 3-point score from Karahn Salter gave the team a five point cushion.
A trio of critical three-point scores, two from Caden Millican and one from Jeffery Armstrong, seemingly put the Bears back in control with a 57-49 lead with 3:29 left in the game.
The Jaguar defense answered the call once again and cut the Plainview lead to just 61-58 with 1:19 left in the game.
A late Hillcrest rally, topped with a score made with just 5 seconds left in the game, tied up the game 66-66.
Plainview attempted a layup with a second left in the game, but the shot was blocked.
The Bears started overtime with a 3-point shot from Koby Tinker.
Koby Bradley of Hillcrest answered with his own 3-points to tie the game 69-69.
The Jaguars pulled ahead with a layup from Ryan Nettles to make the game 71-69.
Senior Clay Cooper of Plainview nailed a 3-point shot to give the Bears a 73-72 lead with a minute to go.
The Bears forced a turnover and drained :20 off the clock before drawing a foul.
Plainview's Millican drained both of his shots to make the lead 75-72.
However, Hillcrest answered quick with a 3-point shot to tie the game with :30 left in overtime.
The Bears needed to score quick. A long pass to a wide open Millican on the bottom corner gave the Junior just moments to answer.
Millican didn't miss a beat. He delivered one more 3-point shot as time expired to give Plainview the 78-75 victory. He ended the game with 37 points for the Bears.
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