O’Dea had one goal Tuesday night when it hosted Metro League foe Seattle Prep.
“We weren’t going to let them come in here and beat us,” senior Jacob Lampkin said after his team stormed back from a 10-point deficit entering the final quarter.
It took longer than anticipated, but the No. 8 Irish accomplished their goal with a 64-60 double-overtime win over the No. 9 Panthers.
In a game where offense came with a degree of difficulty, it was fitting that the go-ahead shot was not the first option. Tyler Kidd was looking for a teammate in the corner but, with the shot clock winding down, was forced to put up an off-balance, fadeaway jumper from the right elbow with just 1:17 remaining in the second overtime.
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Kidd’s shot rattled in and gave O’Dea (11-5) the lead for good, 62-60.
The Panthers couldn’t answer, as Jack Stewart’s three-point attempt fell short, and O’Dea’s Jamie Orme responded with a layup to push the Irish lead to 64-60 with 18 seconds left. Seattle Prep (10-6) couldn’t score on three ensuing attempts in the closing seconds.
While points were tough to come by during regulation, both teams found it even tougher to score in extra time. The two teams had just one field goal each in the first overtime, and combined for just 12 total points in the eight extra minutes of play.
“We wanted to make every one of our possessions a quality possession, be it defensively or offensive,” O’Dea coach Al Hairston said. “We got some real quality defensive plays, real quality offensive plays, and we stepped up and got it done.”
The Irish made a key defensive switch at halftime, putting Orme, a lanky 6-foot-6 forward, on a hot-shooting Stewart. The Seattle Prep guard hit three first-half three-pointers and had 11 points at intermission. Stewart did hit three more from beyond the arc to finish with 20 points, but got limited open looks with Orme on him.
Quin Barnard led the Irish with 17 points, while Orme and Kidd added 14 each. Lampkin scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.