North Lamar has a knack for close games at home and Friday night was no different. With 3.5 seconds left in the game, Tyler Hill knocked down two free throws to put North Lamar up 37-35 over the Pleasant Grove Hawks. Pleasant Grove's attempt to the game would be halted by an errant pass that was picked off by Hill.
The game was back and forth until the fourth quarter. That's when the Panthers took an eight point advantage. The Hawks, though, would make a comeback and eventually tie the game at 35 on a layup with 35 seconds left to play. Playing for the last shot, North Lamar held onto the ball until Hill was finally fouled right in front of the North Lamar bench.
The win gives North Lamar sole possession of fourth place in the district. However, they are only one game ahead of Liberty-Eylau for that spot. As fate would have it, these two teams play each other Tuesday night in the regular season finale. If the Panthers win they will be claim the final playoff spot outright. However, if the Leopards win there will be a play-in game to decide who gets the fourth playoff spot. The game on Tuesday will be in Texarkana.