In an overtime battle to the death, the Estevan Comprehensive School Elecs boys and girls basketball teams came from behind to win their third straight McLeod Series title in the classic highway 39 rivalry against the Weyburn Eagles.
The ECS gymnasium was filled with a deafening roar as the clock ticked down in the final seconds of overtime in the senior boys game.
After two Estevan free throws at the 7 second mark brought the overtime score to 11-7, Weyburn couldn't respond and the final buzzer sent the Elecs storming out onto the court in celebration.
Weyburn entered the second half of the McLeod Series with a six point lead after ROUND ONE IN WEYBURN.
After falling by 10 points last Wednesday, the ECS girls bounced back with a huge 68-54 victory in Game Three, the first of the double-header on February 15th.
That gave Estevan an eight point lead heading into the senior boys game. The ECS boys led after the first quarter, but Weyburn would respond and hold the lead for the remainder of the game.
That's where things took a new twist. The regulation time final score was 76-68 for the visitors.
With the series split at 2-2 and the combined score tied (276-276), a 5-minute overtime period in the boys game would be needed to determine a winner.
The ECS boys pulled out everything they had, winning 11-7 in overtime and sealed the deal on the 82nd edition of the traditional series.
Head Coach Dustin Wilson was proud of his team.
"For those guys to play that sort of a game at that level, I'm super excited for them. It was a team effort."
"I'd say the highlight was when Weyburn hit two 3-pointers right at the end of the game (to tie the series). That was pretty amazing, and I've got to give them credit," he expressed.
He noted that the primary winning factor was when the boys stepped up last minute and gave it their all.
"We rode the core lineup for most of the game, and they had to be exhausted, but they never quit. It's awesome to see, and they deserve a lot of credit."
Wilson concluded by noting an appreciation for the fans that came out and cheered the home team on.
Before the boy's victory, the girls won their side of the series, and Coach Jessie Smoliak commented on their performance as well.
"It was an exciting win, especially as it was at home and we had the home fans behind us."
She said that the primary winning factor for her girls was their focus and mental preparation.
Even the Mayors of the two cities got into the spirit, as they made a deal where the losing team's mayor would wear the winning team's jersey to his next council meeting.