EDINBURGH — Greenwood, which started the season 0-9, is used to coming from behind.
So on Thursday, the Woodmen didn’t panic when falling behind host Edinburgh 47-36 with 3:04 remaining.
Greenwood went on a 9-0 run, then beat the Lancers 54-43 on a 3-pointer by Jaren Hornbeak at the buzzer.
The Class 4A Woodmen improved to 5-11 overall, but Thursday’s victory against the 11-5 Class A Lancers looked all but impossible as the fourth quarter wound down, even on the game’s final possession.
Hornbeak took the ball at the top of the key with about six seconds remaining, dribbled to the left wing and fired the 3-pointer while being double-teamed.
The clock expired just after the ball went through the net, prompting a wild celebration on the Greenwood bench.
As for Edinburgh, its seemingly insurmountable lead diminished quickly.
Greenwood’s Shane Roberts hit a layup with 2:56 remaining to make it 47-38 Lancers, then LaRon Patterson hit a layup and was fouled by Ryan Burton with 2:40 to go. Burton protested and was slapped with a technical.
The Woodmen hit two of the three ensuing foul shots to cut their deficit to 47-42. After an Edinburgh miss, Raddell Waddy hit a layup, then Hornbeak hit another layup after a Lancer turnover to cut Edinburgh’s lead to 47-46 with 2:21 remaining.
The Lancers’ Caleb Giles, who led all scorers with 31 points, hit all four of his free-throw attempts over the next 1:27 to extend Edinburgh’s lead to 51-46, but Waddy hit a 3-pointer and Hornbeak hit a layup on Greenwood’s next two possessions to tie it 51-51 with 30 seconds remaining. The Woodmen fouled Riley Price with 27 seconds left, and he hit both foul shots to give the Lancers a 53-51 lead and set up Hornbeak’s heroics.
Edinburgh hit 19 of its 22 free-throw attempts, while Greenwood connected on just 4 of 8. Giles, hit all 12 of his free throws for Edinburgh, including 9 for 9 in the fourth quarter. The Woodmen, however, forced Edinburgh into 17 turnovers and hit eight more field goals.
Hornbeak led Greenwood with 16 points, all in the second half, but he had plenty of help. Petty added 12 points, while Patterson scored eight. Waddy had seven points and a game-high seven rebounds, and Roberts came off the bench to score six points and grab six boards.
Price (13 points) was the only Edinburgh player other than Giles to score more than five points. Trent Tatlock led the Lancers with six rebounds, and Nate King pulled down five boards.