Cleveland topples Garfield, 66-65, in OT

Andrew Cornel, Staff Reporter

Members of the boys basketball team rush the court after Anthony Thompson, center, hits the game-winning shot from half court in overtime 00against Garfield on Nov. 30. Playing in front of a packed crowd for their Metro League opener, the Eagles led for most of the game. The Bulldogs took the lead before the half, but Cleveland would not stay down for long. A clutch three pointer by senior Calvin Law Jr. sent the game into overtime. After Garfield sank two free throws with 2.6 seconds left on the OT clock, Angus Vlasty inbounded the ball to Thompson, who dribbled for a few steps before launching a shot from half court. The ball went in at the sound of the buzzer and Cleveland fans stormed the court. This was the first time the Eagles have beat Garfield since the early 1960s. After the Bulldogs became a 4A squad, the teams went decades without playing one another. The last time Cleveland beat Garfield, the Bulldogs were denied a chance at a state title.