The headliner from Saturday's Johnnie L. Cochran Classic at LACES more than lived up to its billing, but it appears as if folks were robbed of overtime basketball.
Gardena Serra seemed to send its game against Los Angeles Price into overtime with a tying shot at the buzzer. Or at least it looks like it in this Los Angeles Times highlight video. Emmanual Ndumanya's shot was waved off, and Price escaped with a 49-47 victory.
It was a dizzying affair between a pair of legitimate CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA contenders. Serra (15-2) fell behind 22-4 before storming back with a 25-2 run to assume a five-point lead at the half.
Price (12-5) didn't score again until late in the third quarter, allowing Serra to go up by as many as 13. But the Knights responded with an 11-0 spurt to start the fourth quarter, and it was a seesaw battle from there.
Chance Murray had 22 points to lead Price, while San Diego State-bound big man Skylar Spencer had double-digit blocks.
Daddy Ugbede led Serra with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
Both teams return to action Monday at the MLK Day Hoops Showdown, hosted by Price. The Knights play Palm Springs (10-5) at 5 p.m., while Serra meets Santa Monica (11-5) at 8 p.m.
Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.