Grandview took its first lead in the second half on a three-pointer by junior Tyrone Taylor with 2 minutes, 30 seconds left in overtime.
It was fitting that Taylor gave the Bulldogs the lead because it was his two clutched three-pointers late in the fourth quarter at Liberty North that forced overtime.
Grandview rode that momentum to a 63-57 overtime victory Friday evening in a thrilling Suburban Small Six conference game. Grandview improved to 12-5 overall and 2-0 in conference. Liberty North dropped to 11-7 and 2-1.
“This shows we have a lot of heart,” Taylor said.
In overtime, Taylor gave the Bulldogs a quick, five-point cushion on the three-pointer and then two free throws for a 56-51 lead.
“I have been making big shots since I was little,” Taylor said. “It is second nature for me.”
Taylor finished with 19 points.
Liberty North sophomore Michael Hughes helped the Eagles close to 57-56 with 1:01 left on a three-point play. Hughes played well throughout the game, finishing with 21 points and four blocks.
The Eagles appeared to be in great shape when 6-5 senior forward Brinkley Jolly scored in the paint with under 2 minutes left, giving Liberty North a 49-42 lead.
But a few missed free throws and a three-pointer by Taylor with 38 seconds left helped Grandview close to 50-48.
“That first one gave me confidence,” Taylor said. “I was bricking them all night.”
Down by three with 12 seconds left, Taylor came through again with a three-pointer with 2.6 seconds left, tying the game at 51-51.
In a first half that saw 10 lead changes, Liberty North took a 26-23 lead into halftime.
Midway through the first quarter, Grandview went on a 6-0 spurt, turning a one-point deficit into its biggest lead of the half at 12-7.
The Eagles, though, finished the quarter with the momentum on a three-pointer by Cale Hanson at the buzzer, helping Liberty North close to 15-14.
Early in the second quarter, Hughes had his was on the inside, powering into the paint for three quick baskets that allowed Liberty North grab a 22-19 lead.
The Bulldogs fought back and regained the lead at 23-22 on a basket by Tyrone Taylor.
Another three-pointer by Hanson put the Eagles back in front 25-23.