Because they were down 22-6 at the end of the first quarter on Saturday to the Elsberry varsity boys basketball team in the consolation game of the Bowling Green Tournament, North Callaway spent the rest of the game trying to fill that void.
Even though it wasn't an easy task, the Thunderbird's did find a way to get possession of the ball down by a point with less than six seconds left in regulation when Coy Dannsion ran the length of the floor and hit a three-pointer as time expired to give his team a 59-57 victory.
"They hit five three-pointers in the first quarter, but we kept our composure," said coach Mathias Miller.
After outscoring Elsberry 16-12 in the second to go into halftime trailing 34-22, North Callaway claimed the third 25-10 to finally take the lead at 47-44. The Thunderbird's then fell behind again in the fourth and even got outdone 13-12 for the session, none of which was enough to keep Dannison's last-second triple from making the difference in the contest.
While Dannsion was the hero of the game with nine points, eight assists, seven rebounds and three steals, Tanner Pezold also came through to the tune of 17 points and five rebounds and Khobi Kellerman scored nine in the third on his way to an 11point showing.
For Elsberry, 8-11 overall, Garick Hill had a game-high 18 points and Derrek Taylor managed 14 points.
North Callaway, which started the season with a record of 2-8 and is now 8-10, hosted the Missouri Military Academy on Monday.