By David Purdum / For the AJC
It feels safe to write that there wasn’t a better high school basketball game in Georgia on Friday than what transpired at Alpharetta.
Markus Terry had 35 points, helping Chattahoochee survive a clutch performance from Alpharetta’s Ty Toney and knock off the Raiders, 74-71, in a double-overtime thriller between two surging teams.
Toney hit game-tying buzzer-beaters at the end of regulation and the first overtime and finished with 29 points.
Chattahoochee scored all eight of its points from the the foul line in the second overtime, including four straight from Terry to put the Cougars ahead 72-68 with 21 seconds to play.
Alpharetta answered with Connor Ramsey’s sixth 3-pointer of the game, a 25-footer from the top of the key that electrified a fun crowd.
A pair of Marcus Sheffield free throws put Chattahoochee back up three with 7.9 seconds to play. Alpharetta rushed up the court, but couldn’t connect on a hurried and contested 3-pointer from the wing.
Toney, a bulky senior guard, was unstoppable at times, but picked up his fourth foul with 4:40 left in the third quarter.
That’s when Terry took over. The senior scored on the inside with a traditional 3-point play. He hit a 3-pointer from outside and then threw down a dunk to give the Cougars their first lead, 44-43 at the end of the third quarter.
“Markus has been doing this for four years for us,” said Chattahoochee coach Kacey Martin, whose Cougars picked up their second win over Alpharetta on the season to remain in a first-place tie with Centennial.
Alpharetta (10-9, 6-2) is at Centennial on Tuesday.
The Raiders led the entire first half and were up 15 after consecutive 3-pointers from Ramsey and Toney early in the second quarter.
“We got up 18-6 in the first quarter, but I felt like it should have been more,” said Alpharetta coach Fredrick Hurt, who shed his tie in disgust during Chattahoochee’s third-quarter run.
Chattahoochee big Trey Archambeau got going shortly after, slamming home a follow-dunk and assisting on Sheffield’s corner 3-pointer late in the second quarter.
Just like that, Alpharetta’s lead shrunk to 30-25 at halftime.