On a night where youth was served in the contest between their female counterparts, why couldn't a veteran come up big in the battle of the boys' teams?
Anacoco senior Colbie Christ had seven of his 13 points in overtime, including a big three-pointer about halfway through the extra session, leading the Indians to a 65-61 victory over the previously unbeaten Pickering Red Devils on Tuesday.
Anacoco (9-4) and Pickering (3-1) kept things pretty close in the first quarter, with neither team leading by more than four points.
The Red Devils took advantage early on, getting a bucket each from Nathan Stevens and Stefan Parker, while Anacoco often answered with the efforts of sophomore Matt Moss.
Pickering took a 10-8 lead late in the frame, only to see Moss convert in the post, while freshman John Reese came off the bench for a pair of buckets and a 14-10 lead for Anacoco at the end of the first eight minutes.
The Indians continued to build on that late momentum and owned an eight-point lead, 22-14, after a pair of free throws from Moss.
However, a free throw and bucket from Stevens, along with a putback from Parker allowed Pickering to get to within three, 22-19.
Anacoco veteran Trent Cole responded with a pair of free throws and Moss knocked down a three-pointer to give the Indians a 27-20 lead.
But Pickering senior Brendan Smith knocked in a triple of his own to trim the deficit back to four, but two free throws from Daniel Jeane allowed the Indians to go into the break with a six-point lead, 29-23.
About midway through the third quarter, it seemed as if Anacoco was primed to put the game away, going up, 39-27, on a basket in the post from the 6-8 Moss.
However, Pickering went on a 12-0 quarter-ending run, getting six points from John Isaac during the surge, tying the game at 39-39 going into the final period of regulation.
Pickering took its first lead of the game since the first period with six minutes to go in the fourth on a basket by Blake Allen, but Anacoco answered with a 9-2 run, taking a 48-43 lead with 3:06 to go in the fourth.
But Smith drilled a couple of three-pointers for Pickering, knotting the game again, this time at 49-49 with 1:45 remaining in regulation.
Christ knocked down a pair of free throws about nine seconds later, only to see Isaac connect on a 15-foot jumper to tie it up at 51-51.
Moss scored with a minute to go, but 15 seconds later, Isaac knotted it up at 53-53.
The Indians held on for a late shot attempt, which was no good, sending the game into overtime.
Christ hit a driving layup to open the overtime and knocked down his three-pointer with 2:05 to go to put Anacoco up, 58-55.
However, two free throws from Stevens and a bucket from Smith gave Pickering a 59-58 lead with 1:10 left in overtime.
But with 40 seconds left, Reese hit a huge triple from the right wing for a 61-59 Anacoco lead and Christ sank two free throws 20 seconds later to up the advantage to 63-59.
Isaac scored for Pickering to get the Red Devils to within two, but Moss sank a pair of free throws with five seconds left to seal the win.
Moss led Anacoco with 30 points and 10 rebounds, while Christ and Reese added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Isaac paced the Red Devils with 18 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots, while Stevens and Smith finished with 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Anacoco takes to the road against St. Mary's on Dec. 2, while the Red Devils host Hornbeck on Saturday.