With no shot clock in high school basketball, teams will sit with the ball for an entire overtime period and try to win the game on a buzzer-beater, a tactic used rather often.
Against Flower Mound Marcus on Tuesday, Plano West used that strategy for an entire game.
West (18-9, 3-5 in District 8-5A) held the ball for minutes at a time in an attempt to shorten the game and keep Marcus’ offense from getting on a run. It helped West push the game into triple overtime, but the Wolves ultimately lost, 38-31.
A win would have gone a long way toward rescuing a season that’s gone awry for West. Despite an overall winning percentage above .700, the Wolves sit in sixth place in 8-5A and a game behind Allen and Plano for the fourth and final playoff spot in the district.
Of West’s five 8-5A losses, two were by two points, one was by five against area power Lewisville and the other two were against Marcus (26-1, 8-0), ranked No. 1 in ESPN Dallas’ Class 5A boys rankings.
With six games remaining in the season -- including Friday’s road game against Allen -- West still has plenty of opportunities to make up ground.