BROKEN ARROW, OK. — Brady Batson hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds of overtime and the Central Baptist College Mustangs took over first place in the Association of Independent Institutions Conference Saturday night with an 89-86 victory over Rhema College.
After leading 26-20 at the half, the Mustangs pushed their lead up to 50-39 with 13:45 remaining. Due to turnovers and Rhema’s offensive rebounds, the Eagles cut the CBC lead within two points with 2:07 left. The Eagles then drew within 76-75 after a free throw.
Sophomore Taylor Reggans stole an inbounds pass and hit two free thorws with 22 seconds. and connecting on both free throws after being fouled with 22 seconds left CBC would push their lead to 76-73. Rhema then hit a 30-footer in at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
The Mustangs jumped to an early lead in overtime until Rhema’s Steven Anibal connected on two 3-pointers in the last 1:30 tying the game at 86 with 9.8 seconds left. Gerry Allen received the inbounds pass and penetrated through the Eagles defense hitting Brady Batson for a game winning three point basket.
"I am very happy for the win," said CBC coach Josh Austin. "Rhema is a tough place to play. I didn’t think we protected the basketball very well tonight. I thought our big guys played great."