Tonganoxie After Valley Falls' Brett Watson burned Perry-Lecompton for 25 points through regulation, Jeff Spreer thought the Kaws would be safe from his three-point barrage in overtime.
If Watson ever lost his three-point touch -- he hit two of five treys in the second half -- he quickly regained it in the extra period.
Watson connected on all three three-point attempts in OT, leading Valley Falls to a 90-81 basketball victory over the Kaws in the first round of the Tonganoxie Invitational on Monday.
"He missed a couple in the fourth quarter," said Spreer, Perry-Lecompton's senior point guard who guarded Watson much of the night. "I thought we could back off him a little bit. Then he started hitting again."
Watson's first three-pointer in OT came at 2:32. P-L's Brian Damme scored the extra period's first basket at 2:43, giving the Kaws a short-lived 79-77 lead before Watson's trey put Perry in an 80-79 hole.
Watson's second three, at 1:46, again negated a Damme bucket, the last points scored by Perry. Damme hit a short jumper at 2:20 to give P-L an 81-80 lead. The Dragons took possession, Watson missed a two-pointer and teammate Victor Uhner missed a three, then Watson hit his second trey for an 83-81 lead.
Perry immediately turned it over, called a time out, and -- whoosh -- Watson hit his third three-pointer at 1:19 to give Valley Falls, ranked No. 8 in Class 2A, its tenth straight victory.
"THIS WAS a tough one to lose," Spreer said. "It kept going back and forth. We had it going into the half, then they had it at the end. That one kid, hitting seven treys, that's what did it. We'd run our defense and they'd work it, work it, until it was open."
As a team, Valley Falls hit 10 of 26 three-pointers. Watson hit seven of 17 and Uhner hit three of nine.
"That's a big part of their game," P-L coach Ed Putnam said.
"That's always an option for us," Valley Falls coach Steve Taylor said. "On average, we take 10 to 15 (three-pointers) a game and make five or six. Watson, if he feels it, we get it to him."
On Thursday, the Kaws (5-5) will face Hiawatha, a 65-46 loser to Kansas City Turner Monday night, in the tournament's consolation bracket. Valley Falls (10-1) will face KC Turner in Friday's semifinals.
IN TONIGHT'S remaining first-round games, Silver Lake will meet Jefferson West at 7 p.m. with Tonganoxie scheduled to clash with Bonner Springs at 8:30 p.m.
Semifinals are at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Friday with the first-place game slated for 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Ramon Gonzalez 7-9 2-4 16, Jeff Spreer 3-14 5-8 11, Brian Damme 7-12 1-2 16, Ashley Whitelightning 9-13 6-6 24, Brad Sheley 5-8 4-6 14, Matt Dean 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-57 18-26 81. VALLEY FALLS (90)
Victor Uhner 5-16 3-6 16, Brett Watson 13-24 1-2 34, Ryder Brading 4-8 4-5 12, Lacey Brown 4-8 0-1 8, Rod Smith 5-10 0-0 10, Chad Barnes 2-3 0-0 4, Brian Welborn 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 36-72 8-14 90. Perry-Lecompton--22 22 16 17 4 -- 81 Valley Falls--24 17 16 20 13 -- 90
Three-point goals -- Perry-Lecompton 1-10 (Damme 1-3, Gonzalez 0-2, Spreer 0-5); Valley Falls 10-26 (Watson 7-17, Uhner 3-9). Total fouls -- Perry-Lecompton 13, Valley Falls 25. Turnovers -- Perry-Lecompton 14, Valley Falls 13.