Alex Spielman's driving layup with two seconds left in the second overtime lifted the Storm Lake High boys basketball team to an unlikely 78-76 Lakes Conference win over Cherokee here Tuesday night.
The Tornadoes (2-5 overall, 2-3 conference) trailed by 20 at the half and by 23 early in the third quarter.
That's when first-year coach Bob Grant called a time-out and had some harsh words for his team.
"We were being passive on both offense and defense, and that's just not Tornado basketball," Grant said. "We finally decided to get aggressive and it all started with a few steals on defense."
The Tornadoes used a 28-13 run in the third quarter to get to within 59-54 after three quarters. They outscored Cherokee 14-9 in the final frame to force overtime.
Senior off-guard Logan Masters scored 19 of his game-high 33 points in the second half.
"We just started putting some pressure on the ball defensively and that got us going," he said. "We got some steals and on the offensive end, we started attacking the basket."
Masters canned five three-pointers in the game to go along with seven two-point baskets and four free throws.
Senior post player Derrick Randall added 19 points on eight of 12 two-point shooting and three free throws.
Junior forward Aaron Clausen added 12 points while Spielman finished with 11.
"It's a great win for us and should give the kids some confidence," Grant said.
The coach added that his team had a chance to win in regulation but missed one of two free throw attempts and time expired with both teams at 68.
The Tornadoes and Braves each scored just six points in the first overtime.
Grant added that his team had the last shot in the first overtime as well.
"We got the shot we wanted, a nine-footer by Derrick, but it just didn't go down for us," he said.
Both teams scored early in the second overtime, and the lead changed hands several times in the late going.
With under a minute left in the second OT, Randall notched a steal, then called a timeout with about 15 seconds left.
Once play resumed, Cherokee's defense keyed on Masters near the top of the circle and on Randall underneath.
The pass went to Spielman, who was designated to take the last shot.
"The lane just opened up and Alex drove straight to the basket and made a layup with two seconds left," Grant said.
Grant added that his team playing tough early-season games against Unity Christian and Western Christian paid off Tuesday night.
"I think we went into both overtime periods with a lot of confidence," he said.
Nevertheless, the Tornadoes got off to a horrendous start, trailing 27-14 after the first quarter and 46-26 at the half.
"If we play an aggressive style, this team can play with anybody," Grant.
"We are capable of beating some good teams by 20 points if we play aggressive, but if we're passive, we're the type of team than can lose by 20."
Randall led the Tornadoes with nine rebounds and four blocked shots, while Spielman came up with five rebounds from his point guard position.
Clausen added four rebounds and blocked three shots, and Masters had four steals and three blocked shots. Spielman finished with three key steals.
"Hopefully, this was a wake-up call for us," said Grant, whose team hosts Alta Saturday night. "It was a nice win because we could have folded when we were down 23 but chose not to," Grant added.