Quez Souder had 21 points and five steals and Damion Rosser added 17 points as the Warhawks rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half to force overtime and escape with an 84-80 victory over Dutchtown last Saturday.
After Aundre Reid’s desperation heave from halfcourt rolled out as time expired in regulation, Rosser highlighted the decisive 8-0 run with a pair of layups and two free throws for a 79-71 advantage.
“Damion, who is my son, stepped up big time,” Henry County coach Vincent Rosser said. “That was big for a freshman. He got a chance to play a lot and stepped up big.”
But Joshua Richey would drain a pair of 3-pointers to highlight Dutchtown’s 9-2 response, trimming the score to 81-80 with 25 seconds left. Five seconds later, Souder would split a pair of foul shots to rebuild the lead to two.
Then, Isiah Oudem would turn the ball over and Souder sink a free throw with 8.9 seconds remaining for an 83-80 edge. Rosser would make a steal on the Bulldogs’ ensuing possession and nail a foul shot to cap the scoring.
“This was definitely a big one because we lost (against Peach County on Friday) in overtime,” Vincent Rosser said. “The guys stepped up and did a great job.”
Reid scored 40 points and made seven 3-pointers but was held scoreless in overtime.
“We went to a straight man deny on him,” Rosser said. “It was just a good job of denying him because we know he can score.”
Prior to this game, Reid dropped 36 points on Woodland and 34 on Stockbridge.
Payton Brown (six points) drilled a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the score at 71-71 with 22 seconds left in regulation. Henry County senior Jordan Adams finished with nine points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.