Valhalla, NY-----The ASA College men's basketball pulled out an important Region XV 98-95 overtime win this afternoon at Westchester. ASA improves to 16-4 with the victory and 2-1 in Region XV play.
In a game that began to look like an ASA blowout win, turned out to be a thriller. ASA opened the game with an 11-3 lead. Westchster would not score their first field goal until the 13:00 mark. The Vikings would play catch-up for most of the first half never letting the ASA lead to reach double-figures. The Avengers went into halftime with the 41-37 lead.
The first five and a half minutes of the second hald were similar to much of the first with ASA controlling the tempo and extending their lead to as many as twelve with 14:35 to go in the contest. However, Westchester would go on a 9-0 lead to trail 57-56 with 11:38 to go in the contest. ASA knotted the game at 61 two minutes later. Two minutes later Westchester grabbed the 68-67 for their first of the game with 6:18 remaining. The home team seemed to have the contest in the bag with 2:10 left in the game. The Avengers would not lay down beginning with one of Eian Davis' many acrobatic lay-ins of the afternoon. Davis scored again to cut the lead to three with 1:22 to go.
With ASA down two with:14 remaining, sophomore guard Eian Davis was intentionally fouled while driving to the basket. He would calmly knock down both free throws to tie the game. ASA's shot attempt to win the game in regulation failed forcing the game into ovetime.
Sophomore guard Rysheen Dorn opened the overtime with runner a left of the lane to take the first lead. Westchester answered on the next possession and after a defensive stop, the Vikings would knock down a three-point field goal to take the 88-85 lead. ASA cut the lead to one on a Daquan Brickhouse lay-in with 2:50 left in the overtime. After a key rebound and outlet by sophomore freshman Kareem Roach, Dorn would hit his second shot of the overtime for the 91-90 lead. Westchester was never able to tie the game or take the lead again.
ASA was led by Eian Davis' career high 34 points and 11 assists. Daquan Brickhouse added 15 points. Rysheen Dorn was the third ASA starter to reach double-figures in scoring with 12. Sophomore forward Daniel Marc-Sears was a key off of the bench finishing with 11 points and 8 rebounds.