All this gave a bit more urgency to Grimes’ regular-season finale against Westhill on Friday, and it was a nervous affair all the way into overtime – but the Cobras fought past the Warriors 61-58.
Though far removed from its back-to-back runs to the state final four in 2010 and ’11, Westhill had a strong showing here, inching ahead early and trading baskets through the middle quarters, too. Jake Redmond, with five 3-pointers and 16 points overall, led the Warriors’ efforts.
As the final period started, Grimes trailed, 43-38, but led by Evans and Ater, it made key shots down the stretch to forge a 54-54 tie. In the four minutes of overtime, the Cobras’ defense took over, holding the Warriors to four points.
Overall, Evans had 20 points, 11 of them from free throws, while Ater finished with 17 points. No one else had more than five points.
Grimes emerged with the no. 3 seed for the Section III Class B playoffs, set to meet no. 14 seed Mount Markham in Tuesday’s opening round. A win would give the Cobras another home date Friday against Skaneateles or Holland Patent.