Massasoit Wins Double OT Thriller At Roxbury, 91-87

#21 M'Kenzi Ryan
#21 M'Kenzi Ryan

ROXBURY, Mass. ---- Myles Dias (Carver) hit a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of the regulation as the Massasoit men's basketball team outlasted Roxbury, 91-87 in double overtime on Thursday night.

Massasoit (8-8) trailed 81-78 with 4.8 seconds left in the game. Following a timeout, Dias dribbled the length of the court and buried his fourth trey of the game to beat the clock and send the game to overtime. The Warriors had trailed by five points with 30 seconds to go in regulation prior to Dias' 3-pointer.

Sean Maher (Easton) hit a big 3 in the first extra period as the game went to a second OT knotted at 85-all.

In the what proved to be the final overtime period, M'Kenzi Ryan (Brockton) scored four points and Paul Bentley (Bloomfield, Conn.) sank a pair of clutch free throws to give Massasoit the victory.

"It was an amazing win," head coach Jim Stapleton said. "Somehow we found a way to win tonight. We got up by 20 in the first half and Roxbury came back on us. But we buckled down and made our free throws down the stretch. Everyone contributed, either offensviely or defensively."

Massasoit led 48-32 at the half with the advantage reaching as high as 20 in the opening stanza. John Barbosa (Brockton) netted 15 of his career-high 20 points prior to intermission. He finished with four 3-pointers made.

Dias filled up the box score, posting a team-high 25 points, featuring four 3s, five rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Maher recorded a career-high night, posting a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards. He shot 5-of-7 from the field, including 3-of-4 from downtown. 

Fellow post-player M'Kenzi Ryan also posted a double-double, with career highs in points (13) and rebounds (10), while Paul Bentley scored 18 for the winners. Bentley went a perfect 9-for-9 at the charity stripe.

Keyon Jones led Roxbury (4-11) with 29 points and 10 assists.

Massasoit shot an impressive 13 of 15 at the foul line (86.7 percent) and 12 for 27 (44.4 percent) from 3-point range.

CAREER-HIGH NIGHT: John Barbosa (20), Sean Maher (13) and M'Kenzi Ryan (13) all finished with career-high point totals in the win at Roxbury. Myles Dias was not too far behind, finishing with 25 points, two of his season best.

OVERTIME ACTION: Thursday night marked the first time Massasoit went to overtime during the 2015-16 season.

CASHING IN AT CHARITY STRIPE: Massasoit shot a season-best 86.7 percent from the free throw line at Roxbury. Paul Bentley went a perfect 9-for-9 at the line. Ryan and Bentley combined to go 4-for-4 at the line in the double overtime period to help secure the win.

Massasoit hosts rival Dean College on Monday at 6 p.m.