By a Corona del Mar Today Reader
In a huge match-up of two top teams in the boys 3/4th grade division of Newport-Mesa NJB, the Spartans beat the Celtics 41-39 in overtime to remain undefeated at 9-0 heading into the final regular season game.
The back-and-forth game was highlighted by two of the league’s top players, Luke Barnes from the Spartans and Tommy Griffin of the Celtics. Both players dazzled the crowd, with Griffin tallying 21 points and Barnes with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Augie Fisher added a season-high 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Spartans while Jordan Stucki added 6 points. Calder Overfelt scored 9 for the Celtics in the loss.
Griffin led a fierce comeback for the Celtics who were down 8 in the final quarter scoring four straight buckets to take the lead with seconds to go, but Barnes came back and hit a big bucket and foul to win the game. However, the referee called off the basket and the Spartans were fouled sending Christopher Dolack to the line where he ties the game to send it into overtime.
In overtime, Fisher and Travis O’Neil hit consecutive baskets to pull away for the win.
The Spartans roster is Luke Barnes, Adam Casler, Christopher Dolack, Travis O’Neil, August Fisher, Jordan Stucki, Matt Neiger and Luke Redoutey and are coached by Scott Stucki and Mike Barnes.