When the buzzer rang at Riley High just after 10pm Thursday night, the Wildcat student body rushed the court.
It made sense. They were apart of history. Their basketball had just clinched a share of the NIC title for the first time in 17 years---for the first time since many of them were babies and some of them weren't even born.
And they did it in dramatic fashion----a double overtime win over Washington.
JT Breveard scored 21, including two huge three pointers in the final minute of regulation to push the game to overtime. The second three pointer came with 10 seconds left.
Riley is now 6-1 in the NIC and can win the conference title outright in its final league game against St. Joe next Friday.
St. Joe, Washington and Adams are all still in reach of a share of the NIC Title, sitting one game back of Riley with one game to go.
The Panthers battled hard to make a huge comeback in the game.
Down 16 in the 2nd quarter, Washington cut it to 37-31 by the half.
In the 4th quarter, The Panthers took control when Jourdan Vann hit a tough jumper plus the foul. After the free throw, the Panthers were up 1.
They extended the lead until Breveard made his big comeback.
In OT, Washington fell behind by seven but again battled back. Kennis White spun passed Breveard and hit a big jumper of his own with six seconds left to the force the game into a second overtime.
White had 25.
Adams kept their chances alive for a share of the NIC title with a win over Marian 63-45 on Thursday.