J-D basketball wins overtime classic over Henninger

Coleman nets 32 points; Gainey 3-pointer at buzzer forces OT

— "By the end of the season, he'll be making those free throws," said McKenney.

The whistles on both ends cast a shadow over the first half. In all, 30 fouls were called, taking both teams out of their rhythm.

"We had to completely play away from our game plan," said Saroney, and his side wasn't alone. J-D, due to two early fouls on Coleman and Wake Forest-bound senior Tyler Cavanaugh, reverted to a zone for long portions of the first half in order to keep their stars from further trouble.

The Rams led by as much as eight in those early stages and carried a 36-29 lead to the break. But led by Chisholm and Tommie Spinner, who had nine of his 11 points in the third period, Henninger inched ahead, 51-50, early in the fourth quarter.

From there, J-D reclaimed the lead, but never by more than three points, setting up Gainey's big shot - and the Rams' recovery in the extra period.

Cavanaugh, despite playing with a tender ankle, managed 21 points, the same number as Chisholm. Young had 12 points before fouling out, while J-D's Pete Drescher managed 10 points, four of them in overtime, and Jafar Kinsey got eight points.

From there, J-D proceeded to the Washington, D.C. suburbs for Saturday's high-profile contest against long-time national power DeMatha. On Sunday, the Rams face St. John's, also from D.C., a late replacement for Oak Hill Academy, who dropped out of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Henninger returns to close out the Peppino's Invitational Saturday night when it hosts Christian Brothers Academy, part of a weekend where the Brothers also meet "Holy War" rival Bishop Ludden Sunday night in the Carrier Dome at the Holiday Tip-Off Classic.

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