MARIETTA — With every shot from the floor and from the charity stripe at a premium, Marietta's Robert Santana-King knocked down four critical free throws in overtime to help Marietta come away with a hard-fought 40-37 Lake Country Conference victory over Tishomingo on Friday.
The game was tied at 33-all following regulation. In the extra frame, Marietta hit a 3-pointer and Tishomingo scored inside the paint. But it was Santana-King's back-to-back trips to the free-throw line in the game's final 30 seconds that ultimately gave Marietta the win.
"It really turned into a dog fight there in the fourth period and in overtime," Marietta coach Duane Shaw said. "Those four free throws by Robert were crucial."
"Tishomingo hit five more from the floor than we did. So we needed to make up the difference at the free-throw line. Our goal is to make more free throws than our opponent attempts."
Marietta (12-3, 2-2 LCC) jumped out to an 11-2 lead after the first period. But over the next two periods, Tishomingo gradually ate into that advantage.
Tishomingo (4-10, 0-3) tightened its defensive presence, outscoring Marietta 6-3 in the second frame to head into intermission down 14-8. The visiting Indians had a strong third period with all but one field goal coming inside the paint.
A 12-7 advantage by Tishomingo in the third had them within a point at 21-20 heading to the fourth. A trey by Devante Lawson gave Tishomingo its first lead at 23-21 early in the fourth. The rest of regulation and overtime involved nine lead changes.
A 3-point bucket by Marietta's Davonte Finch sparked the Marietta offense in the extra frame, and Santana-King's four from the line finished things off.
Raul Valenzuela led the Marietta scoring with eight points. Tyler Cannon paced Tishomingo with 17 points, and Lawson finished with 12.
It was homecoming for Marietta, with Antonlina Delatorre crowned as queen and Finch as king.