Sequoyah (9-11, 6-4 Region 7AAAAA) led 44-35 at the end of the third quarter and pushed the advantage to 55-43 with less than 5 minutes remaining. It was then that the Grizzlies (9-11, 5-5) began hitting shots from well beyond the arc to close the gap. Austin Graham made a 3, and Bennett Gibbs added two of his own as Creekview closed to within three points — 57-54 — with 26 seconds remaining.
But the Grizzlies couldn’t add another basket until the buzzer sounded, and Sequoyah inched away with free throws by Christian Hillhouse and Jordan Usher.
Sequoyah coach Jeremey Adams said he couldn’t remember the last time a Creekview-Sequoyah game was decided by fewer than 10 points. In the teams’ last meeting Nov. 30, Creekview won 66-58 in overtime.
Even when his Chiefs were leading more than 10 points Tuesday, Adams knew the game wasn’t over.
“That is just Creekview-Sequoyah,” Adams said. “It’s just kind of the necessity of the rivalry. Bennett Gibbs stepped up for them and made some huge shots. Our kids rebounded when they had to and executed down the stretch and put it away.”
Adams said the key of the night was having five players scoring in double figures.
Logan Taylor and Levi Biddy each finished with 13 points, while Hillhouse had 11 points to go with 10 rebounds and four blocks. Dalton Satterfield added 12 points, and Usher finished with 10 points and four assists.
“We had great defense and great team offense,” Adams said. “When we do that, we are hard to beat.”
Tuesday’s game is all that separates the teams in the region standings, giving Sequoyah sole possession of the No. 1 seed. If the Chiefs can win the remainder of their games, they would end up the top seed from their subregion and get a bye in the first round of the region tournament.
Adams said the win is very big for his team.
“I mean, it puts us in control of our own destiny in the subregion, which is the biggest thing,” he said. “We want to finish first in our subregion, and we need to at least win out in our subregion and, hopefully, win the other two (games), too. If we win, we get first in the subregion, and that is huge with our tournament format.”
Creekview’s Graham led all scorers with 16 points. Gibbs finished with 14, including four 3-pointers.
Sequoyah will travel to Northview on Friday for another subregion game, while Creekview will be at Forsyth Central.
Adams said the Northview game is just as important as the win over Creekview.
“Our kids need to understand this is a subregion game,” he said.