Tilton 108, Lawrence Academy 105 (4OT)

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Groton

By Zac Vierra Globe Correspondent When the final buzzer sounded on Tilton's boys' basketball win Wednesday in Groton, the players felt nothing but relief. It was finally over. After a four-overtime marathon, the Rams (12-3) held on to beat Lawrence Academy, 108-105. At the end of regulation the game was tied at 72. Through the overtimes the game was back and forth. After the first OT it was knotted at 81, after the second it was tied at 88, and the game was deadlocked at 93 going into the fourth OT. "It was blow for blow in the overtimes," said Tilton coach Marcus O'Neil. ‘‘You wouldn't be able to tell if the teams were tired by the energy on the floor. Both teams were making hustle plays.'' During the fourth OT, the Rams finally started to pull away, taking a 7-point lead with 1:30 left. With 44 seconds remaining, Lawrence Academy (9-5) cut the lead to 3 before Chester Victor drained a corner three to give the Rams a 6-point edge. The Spartans were unable to make a final comeback as time finally ran out. ‘‘Neither team really wanted to give an inch. It was just a shame that somebody had to lose,'' said O'Neil. Kansas-commit and Roxbury native Wayne Selden had a monster game for the Rams, with 29 points and 20 rebounds. But when he fouled out in the second OT, Victor picked up most of the slack, scoring 8 of the team's 15 points in the final OT. Stoneham native John Witkowski also had a big game in the win, going 7 for 10 from the field with 16 points, including a crucial 3-pointer in the third OT. Jalen Myire led the Spartans with 36 points, including six 3-pointers. ‘‘When we all get older in 10 years and have a reunion we can talk about this game,'' said O'Neil.

Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 9:12 a.m.

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