West boys win OT thriller to earn first title since '88

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2004

Brian Hurn nailed a three-pointer as time expired in overtime to give the West High Eagles a stunning 70-69 win over Bartlett Saturday night in the state 4A boys basketball championship game at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Hurn's shot came just seconds after a Mario Chalmers free throw gave the Golden Bears a two point lead with less than ten seconds remaining. Chalmers could have but Bartlett up by three, but was awarded just one free throw after Bartlett was called for a lane violation before his first attempt.

After Hurn's shot swished through the net, West players and coaches celebrated wildly at center court, while Bartlett players stood in stunned disbelief.

West was lucky to have even gotten to overtime. The Eagles fell behind by as many as 18 points in the first half as Chalmers put on a stunning display of three-point shooting, hitting four bombs in the first eight minutes.Chalmers led all scorers with 25 points, but only managed 11 in the final three quarters as West clamped down on defense and slowly got back into the game.

West sophomore Ramon Davis forced overtime when he took a long inbounds pass hard to the rim and laid the ball in as the clock expired in regulation, senging the game into overtime.

The state title is West's first since 1988.

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