The Cinderella squad in the Cullman County boys tournament is still alive — and it's finally gotten the monkey off its back.

Patrick Kleigl hit a wide open layup on an inbounds pass from Brent Deese with eight seconds remaining in overtime to seal a 62-60 victory for Holly Pond over its arch nemesis the West Point Warriors in the semifinals of the county tournament, the second straight upset for the seventh-seeded Broncos.

It was Holly Pond's first victory over West Point in three seasons and avenged a loss to the Warriors in last year's county championship game.

"It feels great to finally beat West Point," said Holly Pond senior center Daniel O'Brien. "We've been cursed by them the past couple of years, but we finally did it."

O'Brien had a monster game for the Broncos, scoring 24 points and grabbing 22 rebounds, just two nights after scoring a single point in an upset victory over the Cold Springs Eagles in the first round. O'Brien said the performance was dedicated to his family.

"I had a feeling Daniel would play good tonight after being in foul trouble most of Wednesday's game," said Holly Pond coach Mitch Morris. "He came out with great energy and seemed determined. He missed some shots early, but really redeemed himself later."

While O'Brien did have a great performance, he also missed a chance to put the defending champs away in overtime. With Holly Pond up 55-51 with 28 seconds left, the Broncos grabbed a rebound off of a missed 3-pointer by West Point's Chase Mosley.

A wide open O'Brien received the pass on the run and elected to go for a game-sealing dunk rather than the sure lay-in. But the dunk bounced off the rim, keeping West Point alive for a little longer.

"I had no idea he would try a dunk in a game," Morris said. "If he had made it the place would have erupted. Heck, I would have been thrilled. But that miss gave West Point another breath."

Following a made free throw by Holly Pond's Bailey Easterwood to give the Broncos a five-point lead, Justin Monk answered for the Warriors with a 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining.

With Holly Pond struggling from the line in the fourth quarter, the Broncos found a way to get the inbounds pass to one of its top free throw shooters Brent Deese. However, Deese couldn't deliver, missing both shots.

Blake Mechaw was fouled by O'Brien going up for the rebound, sending the Warrior senior to the line for a one-and-one to tie the game. Mechaw sank them both sending the West Point faithful into a frenzy.

"I was proud of the way our kids played tonight," said West Point coach Heith Yearwood. "They showed a lot of fight and never gave up."

The Broncos had one final chance to end the game in regulation, but Easterwood missed a runner in the lane. He finished 1-for-16 shooting on the evening.

"I'm sorry I missed the dunk," said a remorseful O'Brien. "I got really scared when we missed some free throws and it went to overtime."

But O'Brien answered for his team in overtime.

O'Brien scored the first three points in the extra frame and the Broncos led 60-58 with 33 seconds remaining. Mosley had a chance to tie the game at that point after being fouled, but missed the front end of a one-and-one.

The Broncos milked the clock down to 10.8 seconds, before Jordan King was fouled, sending him to the line for two shots. King had a brilliant night, scoring 23 points, but he missed both attempts from the charity stripe. In all, Holly Pond went 7-for-19 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and overtime.

"I was a little upset about our free throws," Morris said, "but looking through the clear backboards and seeing the West Point fans on the other side can bother anyone."

After the second miss, the ball was knocked out of bounds by West Point, setting up the game-sealing lay-up from Kleigl. He finished the night with three points, after being in foul trouble for most of the game.

"I wasn't nervous when I put up the shot," Kleigl said. "It just felt natural. Brent (Deese) made a great pass to find me open. I did thank God that it went in."

Monk hit a final basket for West Point as time expired to finish the scoring at 62-60.

The game was close throughout the entire contest, with Holly Pond's biggest lead of seven points coming late in the first quarter. Nick Graham answered for West Point scoring seven of his team-high 14 points in the second quarter to give the Warriors' their first lead of the game at 22-20.

But Holly Pond reclaimed the lead and pushed it to a six-point advantage thanks to some magic from King. After hitting two free throws with 2.6 seconds remaining in the half, King stole the inbounds pass and fired up a 3-pointer at the buzzer that bounced off the glass and in.

"That shot really carried momentum for us into the locker room," Morris said. "Jordan is an unbelievable player. He got knocked around tonight and I'm sure he'll be sore tomorrow, but that won't affect his heart one bit."

Brent Deese added six points for the Broncos, while Easterwood had four and Zach Qualls had two points and nine rebounds.

Mosley and Monk each had 13 points for West Point. Also scoring for the Warriors were Mechaw with 12, Blake Gammon with four, Stefan Hulsey with two and Blake Overton with two.

"I'm disappointed that we weren't able to defend our title," Yearwood said. "But our season's not done yet. You have to give a lot of credit to Holly Pond. Their kids played a great game."

Morris said its nice to finally have a victory over West Point under his belt.

"It feels great," Morris said with a smile. "This is the first time to beat them since I've been coaching and the kids were saying this is the first time for us to beat them in a few years. Our kids had so much effort tonight and they never quit. I think this is a big uplift for our team."

Next up for the underdog Broncos, the Vinemont Eagles who pulled off an upset of their own defeating top-seeded Fairview on Friday. Morris hopes that this year's appearance in the finals goes better than last season.

"Last year we entered the championship game with some injuries," Morris said. "This year it's different. We are healthy going into this game.

"We've beaten Vinemont the last two times we've faced them, but we have to focus. (Vinemont guards) Joe Bryan and Jay Hembree can both shoot extremely well, so we have to be ready for them."

The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m.

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