Friday was the definition of a trap game for the Runnin' Indians. They were on the road against a top-10 team just three days after locking up a second-consecutive District 10-5A championship.
And for four quarters it looked like No. 9 Lancaster might actually catch top-ranked Waxahachie sleeping. The Runnin' Indians quickly thwarted those thoughts in overtime, outsourcing Lancaster 18-8 in the extra frame for their 27th straight district win, 75-65.
“It was a really fun game to be in," said Waxahachie head boys' basketball coach Greg Gober of the Tribe's first overtime game this season.
"[Lancaster] came out and challenged us, and we were ready to accept the challenge and just go out there and go get it," Gober continued. "Their defense was good, and we allowed the defense to get us a little bit and then they hit big, big shots. They had shots, basically from out of bounds. They were hitting shots that were unreal. They found some momentum, but we just kept fighting through it. The overtime was really good. We just got back to attacking them a little bit and making them play us. That was the biggest thing of the game."
As a team, the Runnin' Indians shot 45 percent (22-of-48) from the floor and 31 percent (6-of-19) from deep.
Tre Gipson and Quat Grant scored 11 of the Runnin' Indians' 18 points in overtime.
Gipson led the Tribe with a game-high 27 points, five assists, and two steals. He scored 13 of those points in the third quarter to keep the Runnin' Indians in the lead before Waxahachie was outscored 21-13 in the fourth quarter.
Grant added 18 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Larry Wise finished with 10 points, six rebounds, and three assists. JT Warren scored eight points, while Demani Richardson had five, Tevin Wofford added three, and Mekai Pope and CJ Noland finished with two points, each.
The Runnin' Indians, who are now 26-4 on the season and 13-0 in District 10-5A, wrap up the regular season at home Tuesday, Feb. 13 against Mansfield Lake Ridge at 7:30 p.m. The Eagles were eliminated from postseason contention Friday following a Midlothian win against Red Oak.
Mike Sackett/Daily Light contributed to this report.