Austin McKellar might have taken a few ill-advised shots Tuesday night, but Campbell Hall High Coach Joe Jackson was not complaining after the Vikings emerged with an 86-82 double-overtime victory over Faith Baptist in a Delphic League opener.
“He took a couple bad shots instead of setting up the play,” Jackson said. “He felt that he needed to take the game into his own hands.”
McKellar, with help from C. J. Thompkins down the stretch, did.
Thompkins, who finished with 20 points, made five consecutive free throws in the final two minutes of the second overtime to seal the victory.
McKellar, a 6-foot-1 sophomore guard, hit a three-point shot with 2 minutes 41 seconds left in the second overtime to give Campbell Hall an 81-78 advantage, but Peter Rasmussen and Fernando Garcia scored consecutive baskets to put Faith Baptist (9-4) ahead, 82-81, with 1:55 left.
Thompkins was fouled on Campbell Hall’s ensuing possession and made two free throws to put the Vikings (14-0) ahead by one and made two more with 59 seconds left to increase the advantage to 85-82. He made the front end of a one-and-one with 15 seconds left for the final margin.
McKellar finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
“I felt we were going to win,” said McKellar, who scored 13 points in the second quarter to help erase a 12-point deficit. “Coach got on me and told me that I had the whole team to work with and I didn’t have to do it by myself.”
McKellar had a lot of help.
Scott Glass grabbed 17 rebounds and scored 10 points and 6-10 freshman center Alex Lopez blocked five shots.