|Deandre Barton and Butler sprinted to a 2 game lead over the class AA region 4 pack Tuesday.|
Keith Littles's 17 points led four Bulldogs who scored in double figures. Littles made a three pointer with 6:23 remaining in the game to give Butler its largest lead (47-42) of the second half to that point. Then after teammate Will Lambert made a free throw with 3.6 seconds remaining to tie the game at 56 and force overtime, Littles made two field goals to cap a 6-0 Butler run to start the extra period that put the Bulldogs ahead for good.
The game couldn't have been closer as neither team led by more than 6 points during the second half despite 4 distinct spurts, each of which seemed to swing the momentum in favor of the team on the roll.
|Timmy Sellers was dominant in the paint again in Tuesday's loss to Butler.|
Glenn Hills took a 31-25 lead minutes into the third quarter when 6'8" junior center Timmy Sellers, who led his team with 12 points, capped a 7-0 Spartan run with a two-handed tip dunk in transition. Butler responded with a 22-11 sprint of its own, which was accented by a striding two-handed slam by Deandre Barton that gave the Bulldogs their first lead (38-37) of the second half with a minute left in the third quarter.
|Butler's Keith Littles led all scorers with 17 points.|
After Littles's three gave Butler a 47-42 lead, the Spartans responded with a 13-6 dash that included a nifty play by Sellers who weaved through traffic with with impressive ball handling skills before giving it up to CJ Bowers, who quickly gave it back to Sellers for a two handed dunk that shook the gym and cut Butler's lead to 1 at 47-46.
The final run was Butler's. Christian Robinson made a jumper with 12 seconds remaining to tie the game at 55. After Lambert made the free throw to force overtime and Drez McBride and Littles began the extra period with a combined six straight points, Glenn Hills would have no answer.
Barton scored 14 points and McBride and Robinson added 10 each for Butler.