It was a familiar position for the Callaway Cavaliers.
During a game against the Lanett Panthers in December, the Cavaliers found themselves holding a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, but they ended up losing by five.
On Saturday, the two teams met again, and as the fourth quarter got under way, the Cavaliers once again had a double-digit lead.
Unfortunately for the home-standing Cavaliers, the story had a similar ending.
After rallying from 10 points back at the start of the fourth period to take the lead, the Panthers held on for a 64-62 victory when a last-second 3-point attempt by the Cavaliers went awry.
The score was tied when the Panthers scored on a lay-up with 10 seconds remaining.
The Cavaliers got a great look on their end, but the 3-point attempt didn’t fall, and the Panthers escaped with the win.
“They hit a wide-open shot. We didn’t rotate on defense,” Callaway coach Terry Hayes said. “That’s the way the cookie crumbles.”
Hayes liked the effort his players gave against one of the top Class A teams in Alabama, though.
“I think we played well,” Hayes said. “We played a lot better than we did down there. You have to make the plays late.”
Terry Godwin paced the Cavaliers with 18 points, and Ernest Patillo scored 16 points.
Freshman Braylon Sanders added 14 points, with nine of those points coming on 3-pointers in the third period.
The Cavaliers came out hot, and they were up 22-12 after the first period.
The Panthers rallied in the second period, and they trailed 36-32 at the half.
It remained tight for most of the third period, and the Panthers pulled even at 46-46 with two minutes left in the quarter.
Beginning with a Sanders 3-pointer, though, the Cavaliers closed the quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 56-46 lead.
A Callaway offense that put up 20 points in the third period went cold in the fourth quarter, though.
The Cavaliers only hit two shots from the field, with two other points coming from the free-throw line.
Saturday’s girls’ game wasn’t nearly as competitive, with Lanett rolling to a 61-32 victory.
Any hope the Lady Cavaliers’ had of making a comeback was snuffed out when they were outscored 17-4 in the fourth quarter.
Zamari Hardnett led Callaway (11-7) with nine points.
“We just weren’t the same team we were last night (in a win over Douglass),” Callaway coach Deyano Martin said. “We just weren’t ourselves.”
Callaway’s teams will return to Region 4-AAA play on Tuesday at home against Jackson.