High School Sports

Burbank boys defeat River View in OT

FINLEY -- Tanner Woody might not have been Columbia-Burbank's first option for the potential game-winning shot Tuesday in Finley.

As it turned out, he was the right one.

The Coyotes' senior guard drove the lane in the final seconds of overtime and scored on a soft jumper in the lane that gave Burbank a 37-36 SCAC East victory over River View.

Woody barely missed what would have been a game-winning 3-pointer with the game tied at 31 at the end of regulation, but the shot bounced off the back rim.

"I thought that was going in. I was pretty disappointed after that," said Woody, who finished with six points -- four in the first half.

Still, he didn't hesitate when he got the ball after a Coyotes inbounds play with just 4 seconds remaining. The final shot was intended to go to Nathan Roberts, but Woody was open on the left wing.

"I saw a hole and a bunch of guys standing around, so I just took it in," Woody said.

The ball hit the back rim and looked like it might trickle out, but it took a favorable roll and went down, giving Burbank the win. Seconds later, dozens of Coyotes fans and players rushed the floor, mobbing Woody at center court.

"That last one was just a hustle play," said Burbank coach D.J. Traver, a former River View player under venerable Panthers' coach Roger Sonderland.

"Last year, (Woody) played behind some of the older kids, but it's his turn now," Traver added.

Both coaches were a bit embarrassed by their team's shooting performances. Columbia-Burbank shot just 25 percent (13 for 53) from the floor and 31 percent (5 of 16) from the free throw line.

River View struggled even more, shooting just 21 percent (11 for 53). What compounded their troubles on the floor was their inability to get rebounds late in the game.

During the last 14 seconds, Burbank got four cracks at the final shot, sparked by a pair of big offensive rebounds from Heath Lawrence and Angel Garcia.

"I thought if we could get a rebound, we might have a chance, but if you give Burbank four or five shots, they're going to put one in," Sonderland said.

Roberts scored on a spin move in the lane to give the Coyotes a 35-33 lead with 1:28 left in overtime. But with 29 seconds left, David Flores got the ball on the right wing and launched a 3-pointer that looked a little wild but went off the glass and in for a 36-35 lead.

That set the stage for Woody's game-winner.

Victor Contreras had a good night for River View, leading all players with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Panthers tried getting him the ball late for some clear-out opportunities, but the Burbank defense made it tough to score.

"Everybody's eyes were looking at me, but they didn't give me much to do," Contreras said. "This was a game we needed to win."

COLUMBIA-BURBANK -- Long 3, Nathan Roberts 12, Woody 6, Garcia, Smith 7, D.Bertsch 3, Lawrence 6, Martinez. Totals 13-53 5-16 37.

RIVER VIEW -- Hamlin, Grow 7, Flores 3, Victor Contreras 13, Bettencourt 5, Westfall 6, Joiner 2, Rogers, Brisby. Totals 11-53 10-15 36.

Columbia-Burbank 9 13 7 2 6 -- 37

River View 13 6 9 3 5 -- 36

Highlights -- Rebounds: CB 35 (Roberts 7, Smith 6), RV 35 (Westfall 10, Contreras 10); Smith 5 blocks, 2 steals; Long 3 assists; Grow 4 steals.