Daniel Wardlaw was ready for the moment.
With the LaGrange Academy Warriors trailing by two points late in Friday’s game against Flint River Academy, Wardlaw ended up with the ball with time running out.
Wardlaw connected on the 3-pointer to give the Warriors the lead, and they held on for a 49-48 victory.
“We just made one more play than they did,” LaGrange Academy coach Britt Gaylor said. “(Flint River) played great.”
When Gaylor drew up the final play, he had the ball in the hands of Chase Wardlaw, who had a phenomenal night.
Wardlaw finished with 37 points, and the Flint River defense obviously put a lot of emphasis on him in the closing moments.
“I trusted him to make the right decision,” Gaylor said. “I trusted him with the ball in his hands.”
Chase Wardlaw decided to pass the ball to his younger brother, and that decision paid huge dividends.
Daniel Wardlaw also hit a big basket moments earlier, and he ended up scoring the final five points.
“He doesn’t get real up or real down,” Gaylor said. “That (final shot) was a testament to his personality.”
Flint River still had three seconds remaining after Wardlaw’s go-ahead basket, but a turnover clinched the victory for the Warriors.
The Wardlaws scored all of the points for the Warriors, with Chase Wardlaw scoring 37 points and Daniel Wardlaw adding 12 points.
The Warriors led 14-10 after the first, with Chase Wardlaw scoring all of his team’s points.
Flint River led 25-24 at the half, and LaGrange Academy led 38-36 through three periods.
It remained a nip-and-tuck game throughout the fourth period, with the Warriors pulling off the thrilling win.
In the girls’ game, Flint River beat LaGrange Academy 47-28.
Caitlynn Croft led the Lady Warriors with 14 points.