HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Forestburg boys outlast Slidell in OT

By BLAKE WOOD
bnewssports@sbcglobal.net

In the boys’ game, a closely fought contest culminated with Taten Vann’s game-tying layup with less than a minute remaining in regulation – forcing overtime as the Longhorns and Greyhounds were knotted at 51-all.
The Longhorns took advantage of Slidell’s fouls, especially during the final minute of overtime.
“We just wanted to continue improving our game,” said Horns coach Steve Sandusky. “And we did that.”
The Horns played a good first half, taking a 34-27 game to the locker room.
Slidell climbed back into the game by outscoring Forestburg 15-8 in the fourth.
But it was Vann’s layup proving to be the most important basket of the quarter as it sent the game into overtime.
During the extra session, Forestburg gained a 61-57 lead at one point, but Slidell made it a nail-biter very late.
The Greyhounds were very close to sending the game to a second overtime, but a tip-in attempt of a thrown pass failed.
“We changed our defense for the game,” Sandusky noted. “We had good defensive movement and communication. Our defense won the game for us. We stayed the course.”

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Forestburg High School’s Matthew Wallace drives inside for two points during Tuesday’s District 1A-21 game against Slidell. The Longhorns defeated the Greyhounds 66-64. (News photo by Blake W00d)