A game-tying 3-point floater by Tennessee pledge Kennedy Chandler
over the outstretched arms of Montverde Academy center Jalen Duren
tied things up at 58 late in regulation and gave the Buffaloes the opportunity for the upset of the season.
A frenzied final two minutes started with an emphatic dunk from Baylor-bound wing Kendall Brown
that gave the Buffaloes a 52-51 lead, their first since a 12-11 advantage late in the first period.
Duren responded with a dunk of his own on the other end to give the Eagles a 53-52 advantage. After multiple defensive stops by both teams, Michigan signee Caleb Houstan
knocked down a three to extend Montverde's advantage to 56-52 with 15 seconds remaining.
Sunrise Christian Academy was able to keep hope alive with a three from junior Gradey Dick
with 8.3 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 56-55. A pair of free throws on the other end stretched the Eagles lead to 58-55 before Chandler's heroics sent things into an extra session.
Chandler finished with 19 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals.
The Buffaloes took control early in the overtime session, going on a 7-0 run to open up a 65-58 advantage.
Despite a 5-0 run in response, the defending national champions were never able to even things up, despite having an opportunity with nine seconds remaining as senior Creighton pledge Ryan Nembhard
went to the line with a chance to tie but knocked down just one of two free throws.
The win avenges a 58-52 loss to Montverde Academy on Jan. 9 at the St. James NIBC Invitational.
Brown paced Sunrise with a game-high 21 points. Houstan led Montverde with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The loss was Montverde's first since April 2019, when it fell at GEICO Nationals to IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.).