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Grace Prep wins four-overtime game at the buzzer

Grace Prep wins at the buzzer in 4th overtime

Sophomore Brandon Lawrence hit the game winning 3-pointer for the Lions on Saturday. Video Nate Crosier
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Sophomore Brandon Lawrence hit the game winning 3-pointer for the Lions on Saturday. Video Nate Crosier

The best game of the season went down Saturday at the Trinity Christian tournament in Cedar Hill.

With a championship berth on the line, it took four overtimes to determine the winner between Arlington Grace Prep and Universal City First Baptist Academy.

Trailing 62-60 with 8.2 seconds left, senior guard Yafet Alefnew took an inbound pass and drove into the paint before kicking it out to sophomore guard Brandon Lawrence.

“Yafet made a smart and unselfish basketball play,” coach Richie Alfred said.

Lawrence got a defender in the air and nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing with two seconds left. The clock ran out and the Lions went on to the title game against Trinity Christian.

“I’ve coached for 34 years, 29 as a high school head coach, and I’ve never had a four-overtime game,” Alfred said. “It happened right in front of our bench so I think everyone had a feeling it was right on line.”

Alefnew scored 22 points and senior forward Jordan Phillips, an Arkansas commit, added 21 points and 12 rebounds. Lawrence chipped in 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

The Lions finished second to Trinity Christian, which won the title game 63-50.

Video Nate Crosier

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