Michael Dawn couldn’t beat Fort Worth Trimble Tech with his jump shot in regulation, but the Amarillo senior guard did put away the game in overtime at the free-throw line.
Dawn hit six free throws in the final 1:04 of overtime, keeping Trimble Tech at a distance as Amarillo went on to win 49-42 in the Class 4A Region I semifinals Friday at The Coliseum.
Trimble Tech (26-7) led 29-23 after three quarters before Dawn scored 13 points in the final eight minutes of regulation.
But Trimble Tech, behind a bucket from Spencer Franklin with 27 seconds left, was able to tie the game at 40-40 and hold off a would-be game winner from Dawn near the regulation buzzer.
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Trimble Tech’s offense could never regain the momentum in overtime that it had in the final 1:09 of the fourth quarter.
Franklin put in a layup with 1:56 left in OT, but that would be the Bulldogs’ last bucket as Amarillo (26-5) on the next possession found an open John Hood for a layup to take the lead.
After holding Trimble Tech from going up by one, Amarillo got Dawn to the line where he sank two free throws to give the Sandies a 45-42 lead. From there, Trimble Tech went into foul mode.
The Bulldogs’ 29-23 lead heading into the fourth quarter evaporated in seven seconds beginning with 6:30 left in regulation.
Franklin was called for a charge. Trimble Tech coach Wendell Ivory then was tagged with a technical foul.
After sinking both of those free throws, Dawn hit a 3-pointer to put Amarillo up 30-29. He finished with 26 points.