AHSAA 2A, Area 13 basketball
At Jesse George Gymnasium - Cold Springs:
St. Bernard 10 0 10 13 10 - 43 (11-4, 5-1)
Cold Springs 3 6 16 8 0 - 33 (2-18, 1-5)
ST. BERNARD: Elijah Price 14, John Christian Rose 13, Caleb Guthrey 6, Christian Peterson 4, Gavin Whaley 2.
COLD SPRINGS: Micah Calvert 12, Hunter McClendon 8, Carson Gammon 2, Adam Hill 4, Dylan Byrd 5.
FLASH NOTES: With leading scorer Christian Peterson getting blanketed all evening by a box and one defense, St. Bernard needed someone else to step into a scoring role.
It turned out to be John Christian Rose during overtime as he tallied eight straight points, scoring three field goals from close range and getting a pair from the foul line.
His effort saved St. Bernard, who knew Cold Springs would give them a game and then some, as the Saints were playing to finish in a first place tie in 2A, Area 13 with Falkville.
Defenses were stout during the first half, holding the offense to a 10-9 battle through 16 minutes of play.
Cold Springs found an offensive spark in the third in ball handling guard Micah Calvert. Calvert found the top of the three-point circle to his liking as he nailed four treys and sparked a 16-point third quarter.
He put the Eagles back on top at 23-20 with 1:16 left in the third on his fourth trey. This came after the Saints had rallied from a 20-13 deficit to get the score even at 20-20 on a steal and layup by Caleb Guthrey.
The Saints displayed a comeback in moving ahead during the fourth at 33-28 when Elijah Price nailed a three from the left baseline. That completed a 7-0 run for Greg Boatright's squad. They led with 4:00 remaining. But the lead was not secured due to a strong finish by Tim Willoughby's Eagles.
A free throw from Hunter McClendon with 2:52 to play tied the score at 33-33. Neither was able to score any more for the remainder of regulation. The Eagles had a chance to win it, but failed to score from the top as time expired.
In the overtime, Rose dropped in two from the line that snapped the deadlock. A minute and 23 seconds later, Rose scored by driving to the rim to make it 37-33.
Then Rose tossed in a shot at 1:37 and the Saints were up 39-33 as the Eagles struggled in the overtime trying to produce from the floor.
A steal and layup from Rose with 42 seconds remaining wrapped up the Saints' most important win of the season thus far. Peterson iced the game at 0:36 with two from the line. The senior sharpshooter managed one field goal the entire game with Cold Springs having Mason Harris and Francisco Ayala to rotate in playing him in a box and one defense.
Now 5-1 for the area, the Saints will have a coin toss Tuesday morning with Falkville to determine which team will serve as host for the area tournament to be played next week.
A flip will also be needed between Cold Springs and Winston County as both are tied for third place at 1-5 in the area. One will go to the 3 seed and the other will be seeded fourth.
Up next for St. Bernard: At Whitesburg Christian Tuesday.
Up next for Cold Springs: At West Point Tuesday.
Photo of Cold Springs' Hunter McClendon (44) wanting the ball as St. Bernard's Caleb Guthrey (2) and John Christian Rose (30) defend on the play Monday night.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton