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It was not exactly how Pleasant Valley's boys basketball team drew the play up in the huddle.

The result could not have turned out any better.

After Davenport West's Trey Sampson buried a go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds left in overtime, junior Carter Duwa retaliated with a 25-foot jumper at the buzzer to propel Class 4A fifth-ranked PV to a thrilling 52-50 triumph Tuesday night at West High. 

"Never really hit a shot like that before," Duwa said. "It feels really good to get a win for our team because we're in a tough (conference) race right now."

West (11-5, 8-5) snatched a 50-49 lead when Sampson drained a trifecta from the right corner.

PV immediately called timeout.

"It was tough because the crowd was going crazy, but coach brought us over and said we're going to go win this game right now," said senior Brian Dayman, who had 17 points and nine rebounds.

The original plan was to have Duwa come off a screen and dribble up the sideline.

West prevented that.

Hunter Snyder, who led PV with 19 points, had to come back for the inbounds pass. Sampson immediately trapped him. Snyder escaped the pressure, got up the right sideline and threw over the top to Duwa.

Held scoreless in the opening half, Duwa caught the pass, turned and let it fly over the 6-foot-8 Brett Erwin.

Swish. Ball game.

"You can say it is lucky, but I've watched Carter shoot thousands of shots in the gym," PV coach Steve Hillman said. "That's not luck. I'm very proud of him."

Teammates mobbed Duwa near the scorer's table to celebrate. The victory kept the Spartans (14-1, 12-1) a game in front of North Scott in the Mississippi Athletic Conference standings with five contests remaining.

"(West) may be the better team," Hillman said. "They're a really good basketball team. They're strong where we're strong and we had trouble scoring around the rim.

"That was a huge, huge win for our team."

It was equally heartbreaking for the Falcons.

As Duwa's shot went through the net, Erwin held his arms up in disbelief several seconds afterward.

Sampson tossed in a team-high 18 points while Erwin had 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

"We executed, they executed (at the end)," West coach Mark Bigler said. "It was a big-time game. The last team with time won.

"I'm so proud of our kids. We were outstanding defensively. We did everything you need to win, yet we did not win the game."

The Falcons led 27-21 at intermission, but they were held scoreless the last 6 minutes, 31 seconds of the third quarter.

"We lost our aggressiveness a little bit," Bigler said.

PV, meanwhile, reeled off 11 straight points to garner a 34-29 lead early in the fourth quarter.

"We were going a little too quick and not playing the best defensively in the first half," Duwa said. "We ramped it up in the third quarter."

West refused to go away.

Sampson tied the game with a minute left in regulation.

After a PV offensive foul in the final seconds, Kenny Clay's half-court heave was off the mark to send the game into overtime.

West struck first in the extra four-minute period, but Duwa answered with one of his three 3-pointers.

PV had a 49-47 lead until Sampson's 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds left.

"Six seconds is a long time in basketball," Hillman said. "You've got time to push the ball up the floor.

"It turned out to be a fantastic play by Hunter to beat that pressure and get up the sideline."

As Duwa caught it near the PV bench, coaches were telling him he had plenty of time to get his feet set.

"I didn't see the basket," Duwa said. "I just kind of shot it.

"It felt straight (off my hands), and I knew it had a chance."

It turned into euphoria for the Spartans.


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Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.