This one certainly lived up to the hype.
It took an extra session to decide the winner, but POWERADE FAB 50 No. 2 Miller Grove survived its matchup with No. 39 Southwest DeKalb 57-53 behind a pair of defensive stops late in the contest.
Clinging to a two-possession lead, senior center Tony Parker blocked a dunk attempt by DeKalb senior star Shaq Goodwin on one trip, then power forward Tony Evans took a charge on the next Southwest possession to keep the rival Panthers at bay. The Wolverines eventually iced the game at the free-throw line.
"Those [defensive stops] were defining moments of the game for us," said Miller Grove head coach Sharman White. "We had to get stops at that time or we lose the game."
The abundance of talent on the floor led fans to occupy Southwest DeKalb's gym, which was filled up long before the start of the preceding girls' game and forced school officials to turn away several disappointed fans. An estimated 1,200 spectators took in the contest between the Class AAAA squads.
Parker pumped in 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead a balanced Miller Grove attack. Senior point guard Christian Houston chipped in with 11, while Georgia-bound forward Brandon Morris and Justin Colvin added nine apiece. Goodwin led the Panthers with 15 points and Auburn recruit Jordan Price collected 12 before fouling out.
"It was a great, tough game in a great atmosphere," said White. "It had the feel of No. 1 vs. 2."
With the win, Miller Grove improves to 3-0, while Southwest DeKalb falls to 3-2 on the season. The two will meet again at Miller Grove on Feb. 3.
David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.