Courtesy Daily Sitka Sentinel
The Mt. Edgecumbe Braves split two games against Metlakatla Feb. 10-11.
After losing in overtime Friday, the Braves rallied Saturday to salvage a split during the two-game trip to Annette Island to play the Chiefs. Saturday’s game also required an extra frame. And this time, the Braves got the win, with senior Cody Sherman scoring on a drive with about 10 seconds left in overtime to put the Braves ahead for good at 56-54.
“Any time a kid gets an opportunity like that at the end of the game, I was just happy with how aggressive he was,” MEHS coach Archie Young said.
The clutch bucket by Sherman came a night after he missed a tough shot in traffic that would have put Edgecumbe ahead in overtime. The miss was rebounded by Metlakatla with about 5 seconds left and Tadd Yliniemi drove the length of the court and scored to give the Chiefs a 66-64 win. Metlakatla had hit a three to send the game into overtime, Young said.
The Chiefs also scored late in Saturday’s game to send the game into overtime. This time, the Braves were at the free throw line with a two-point lead. But a missed shot, a Metlakatla rebound and a bucket at the buzzer tied the game and sent it to overtime. Young said he was initially disappointed not to get both wins in Metlakatla, but realized, the more he thought about it, that escaping with a split after two tough overtime games was a fairly good result.
“Our goal was to split and we got that,” he said, adding: “We’re getting there. We’re definitely improving. I still think we can get better and play more consistently but we’re getting there.”
In Friday’s game, Kacy Green scored 25 points for Edgecumbe and Sherman had 24, possibly career highs for both players. Sherman led Edgecumbe with 15 points Saturday, including the game-winning shot. Jaylin Prince had 14 and Green scored 13.
The split with Metlakatla left the Braves 11-6 overall and 7-2 in the Southeast Conference.