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Whether or not Galax catches Grayson County in the chase for the Mountain Empire District regular season title remains to be seen. Thanks to a torrid finish Wednesday night, the main thing is that the Tide is still alive. Trailing Narrows by five in the late going, Galax closed the game on an 11-0 run and stayed a half-game behind Grayson in the league standings after notching a 71-65 MED win over the Green Wave. Having dealt Galax an embarrassing 24-point loss less than three weeks ago, Narrows headed down the homestretch in control Wednesday, leading 65-60 on Alex Taylor’s jumper from the foul line with 3:17 to go. Taylor’s points would be the last for the Green Wave (10-7 overall, 2-3 district), which squandered its final eight possessions with four missed field goals, three turnovers and an errant foul shot. Galax (13-4, 5-2) on the other hand connected on its last four field goal attempts, starting with a Devae Goins transition bucket that sparked the comeback with 2:44 remaining. Justin Hash had been held to two second-half points by a box-and-one defense before shaking free and sinking a huge 3-pointer, tying the game at 65 with 2:17 left, and the Tide took the lead for good when Goins converted a Jerad Brown feed at the 1:52 mark. Following a Brown free throw, Deion George grabbed the missed second shot and then scored on a baseline drive for a 70-65 advantage with less than a minute to go. Brown’s bucket was indicative of the second half as the Maroon Tide dominated the boards 23-11 after intermission. Narrows opened the game on fire from the outside, hitting its first six 3-point attempts and rushing out to an early seven-point lead. Brock Lusk nailed three from downtown in the game’s first four minutes, and Ben Thompson’s second trey had the Green Wave leading 20-13. Hash got the hot hand as the first period ended, swishing a 3-pointer to cut the margin to 20-18, then sinking three more from long range in the second quarter, including three in a row to pull Galax even at 29-29 with 4:24 left in the half. A George 3-pointer put Galax ahead 32-29 and the Tide would take a 33-31 lead into the break. After five ties in the first three minutes of the third quarter, Narrows took a 46-41 lead on Mark Martin’s trey at 4:37 of the third, holding the lead until Goins scored from inside to open the fourth for a 53-52 Tide lead. The two teams traded blows until back-to-back buckets by Thompson gave Narrows its 65-60 lead. George led all scorers with 20 points and Hash added 19, all but five of that coming in the first half. Goins chipped in 18 points, while George and Brown hauled in 10 rebounds apiece. Thompson led the Green Wave with 17 points and Martin scored 15. Taylor added 13 and Lusk had 12 for Narrows. Weather permitting, Galax closes out its district schedule tonight when it travels to Fort Chiswell Narrows......20 11 21 13––65 Galax..........18 15 18 20––71
Narrows (10-7, 2-3) Martin 6 0-0 15, Lusk 4 0-0 12, Thompson 6 2-4 17, Dunford 4 0-0 8, Taylor 6 1-2 13. Totals 26 3-6 65. Galax (13-4, 5-2) Hash 7 0-2 19, Brown 3 1-2 8, Martin 2 0-0 4, George 8 2-4 20, Cox 1 0-0 2, Goins 7 4-9 18. Totals 28 7-17 71.
Three-point field goals – Narrows 10-24 (Lusk 4, Martin 3, Thompson 3), Galax 8-20 (Hash 5, George 2, Brown). Rebounds – Narrows 29 (Taylor 7), Galax 44 (Brown, George 10). Turnovers – Narrows 11, Galax 18. Team fouls – Narrows 15, Galax 9. Fouled out – Taylor. Technical fouls – none. JV – Galax 52-20.