Overland (Aurora, Col.) makes a strong case for a FAB 50 National Ranking by capturing the 2015 Tarkanian Classic Platinum Division championship with a 58-56 victory over Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.). Watch Indiana-bound De’Ron Davis score the winning basket with four seconds remaining.
Although Overland was down 25-16 to Bishop Gorman in the first half, coach Danny Fisher was confident his team was in the game. With a senior-laden group with talent and an improved backcourt, Fisher is confident his team can play with national-level opponents.
Overland trailed 30-26 at halftime despite star guard Jervae Robinson only netting four points. The Trailblazers played tough defense and it began to pay off in the second half. The game within the game was the battle between Gonzaga-bound Zach Collins of Bishop Gorman and Indiana-bound De’Ron Davis of Overland. The big men battled to a stand still, until Gorman decided to double team Davis down the stretch. Robinson and senior Reggie Gibson made the Gaels pay, as the duo hit outside shots to get Overland (7-0) within striking range.
With Bishop Gorman (7-2) leading 46-41 with approximately 10 minutes remaining, Robinson went to work. He nailed a straightaway 3-pointer then hit a 14-foot jumper to tie the game at 46-46 with 8:05 remaining. It was a dogfight the rest of the way, with Overland taking the lead on a Robinson free throw and Gorman rebounding from a 56-52 deficit with 1:17 remaining to tie the game. Gorman’s Christian Popoola Jr. made two free throws with one minute remaining and Charles O’Bannon Jr. tied the game on an offensive rebound outback with 19 seconds remaining.
According to Davis, Overland’s final play was designed to go inside to him. He got the ball on the block and converted a short turn around back shot with four seconds in what turned out to be the game-winner in a 58-56 game.
Gorman had one last chance, but Popoola’s last-ditch pass to O’Bannon for a potential game-winning 3-pointer on the right wing in front of his won bench was too late, as the attempt came after the buzzer.
Robinson, who finished with 16 points and five steals, was named Platinum Division MVP after averaging 18.5 ppg in Overland’s four victories. In addition to converting the game-winner, Davis finished with a team-high 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked two shots. Gibson finished with nine points, four assists and five steals. Just as it did in its semifinal win over Bingham (Utah), Overland got more loose balls and won the 50/50 battles in the closing minutes.
O’Bannnon, who had his silky jumper going early, finished with a game-high 23 points and showed in this tournament he’s a bonafide 2017 McDonald’s All-American candidate. He added four steals.
Collins finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks and Popola added 11 points for the Gaels.
Bingham improved to 7-2 on the season by winning the third place contest, 60-48, over Sagemont (Fla.). Westchester of Los Angeles won the consolation championship after losing in the first round to Bingham.