Fighting, frenzy, fatigue and 55 minutes of basketball is all it took to decide a Lone Star Conference bout between Texas A&M Kingsville and Texas A&M Commerce.
Javelina forwards Marshall Bonds III and Reid Wallace helped the Hogs snap a six-game losing streak Saturday afternoon by defeating the Lions 104-94 in triple overtime at Kingsville Hampton Inn Court.
The Javelinas (9-13)(4-9) win over the Lions (7-14)(2-11) gives them a slight cushion as they hold on to the eighth spot in the LSC with only head-to-head wins over Abilene Christian and Angelo State keeping them there.
“In athletics they say to leave everything out on the floor,” head basketball coach Pete Peterson said, “I don’t know if our guys know what that means but that’s what happened out there this afternoon. We needed this win and we needed to turn this around”
Regulation ended with the Lions trying to keep composure as their top three scorers were bumped from the game within a minute of play after Bonds and Preston Whitley were given a double technical call after Lebree Sledge was pushed on a jump shot and fell to his bench injuring his arm.
Bonds ran up the court after having words and Whitley left the bench while the ball was still in play.
Whitley was ejected, Sledge would not return and the Lions LSC preseason player of the year Desmond King fouled out seconds later after Bonds forced the center into early foul trouble and an off night.
The three were not available for the overtime and had a combined 41 points around the four minute mark.
After Ashton Brown free-throws put the Hogs up 70-67, TAMUC’s Brad Hambrick nailed a three with :02 seconds left; the Hogs would miss the final shot.
The Lions Andrew Davis would duplicate the effort in the first overtime forcing Ashton Brown to miss a last second game-winning shot that he missed after a lead built by Bonds and Wallace was blown in the final two minutes.
In overtime No. 2 it was the Hogs who overcame a six-point lead only to see Brown miss another long buzzer-beater.
Wallace would top off his night deflating the Lions with his fourth three-point shot of the game coming with 2:35 left in the third overtime giving the Javelinas a 98-92 lead, finally pulling his team away.
“He (Wallace) did a great job had knocked some down earlier we might not have been in overtime but he played hard and Marshal (Bonds) gave us a few big blocks at the end of the game and gave everything he had,” Peterson said.
Wallace finished with a season-high 22 points and six boards, while Bonds III had ten points and six blocks in his start in place of a Robert Williams who reportedly was suspended one game for disciplinary purposes.
Bonds III held the LSC’s pre-season player of the year , King, to only 11 points and an early foul out.
The Lions 50 percent from beyond the arc was irrelevant in the end as they still shot a total of 40 percent, turned the ball over 24 times and allowed 15 offensive boards despite of winning the rebound battle.
The Hogs shot 43.5 percent and had five scorers in double figures.
The two teams meet in Commerce Monday night at 8 p.m. and can be seen online at Fox Sports Southwest.