Battling fatigue and gasping for breath, veteran point guard Franco Miller mustered up enough energy to drive the lane and score the winning basket with three seconds remaining in triple overtime, to give the Ironman Hawks a thrilling 64-63 win over the Viva Wyndham Pirates in game one of the YMCA Commercial League semi-finals on Friday night at the YMCA gymnasium.
" We didn't have nothing left in the tank, so I just decided to take it to the hole and see what happen. Thankfully I made the shot," said Miller.
" It was a good game, we now have to get some much needed rest and get ready for Monday."
The Pirates led 63-62 with 19 seconds on the clock, but centre Jabbar Lightbourne, who led the Pirates with 24 points missed both free throws that led to Miller's winning basket.
" It's was fatigue - I was tired, it was tough game. We will come back to play next game, play stronger defence and make my free throws next time," said Lightbourne.
Quinton Hall led all scorers with 25 points, including two big three-pointers in the final minutes.
Miller added 11 points.
" We have not beaten them all season, but the veteran guys came up with key plays down the stretch and we are thankful for the win," said Hawks Coach Quincy Grey.
Clayton Miller scored 15 points for the Pirates.
Game two was played last night at the YMCA.
Contributed by Buster Laing, www.grandbahamasports.com