With a hot hand throughout Saturday night's Wyoming Coaches Foundation All-Star Game, Eric Jamerman attracted defenders into the corner and decided against forcing a late jumper.
Instead he dribbled into the paint and kicked out to his former Douglas teammate.
The scores, 80 and 77, on the Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gymnasium scoreboard bookended the remaining time, which was quickly approaching zero.
Ty Larson received the pass at the top of the arc and gave a quick pump fake, which drew Taylor Tidzump into the air. Larson saw his opportunity and the slim opening that his team needed to win 95-90 in overtime.
"(Jamerman) got a lot of attention so he kicked it to me, and I saw Tidzump running out at me," Larson said. "He's a big dude, so I tried to get him in the air and get the contact."
The former Douglas standout then went to the line with 1.7 seconds left needing all three free throws to draw the South even.
He sank the first, no problem. Then came the second, nothing but net.
North coach Stu Mullins then called a late timeout, allowing Larson to think about the pressures he faced in the final free throw.
"I was nervous," "I made the first two and was like 'Oh crap, I've got to make this one' and all the guys were talking to me, hyping me up and whatever."
Larson walked over to the bench and got a drink of water. He slowly walked back to the huddle and took his time wending back to the free throw line.
"I had no doubt that Ty was going to make that," Jamerman said. "He's been doing it since we were little, so I had no doubt on those free throws."
Larson sank all three, sending the crowd into a frenzy and the game into overtime, where the South had all the momentum. Larson finished with 15 points while Jamerman had a game-high 22 points, including a vital 3-pointer that kept the South within one point with 37.2 seconds remaining.
"It was really hard to stay composed" North guard Gary Medicine Cloud III said. "Especially just sitting on the bench with my teammates. We just had to stay tough, mentally tough and do what we had to do."
Medicine Cloud knocked down two deep 3's in the fourth quarter and was subbed in for the North's final possession of regulation, hoping for an open look near half-court.
He finished with 14 points, three rebounds and two assists.
"I just came out and played my game," he said. "Had some fun. It's all-star week so I tried to do what I can to entertain the crowd."
Before Larson's tying free throws and the big shots that Jamerman hit in overtime the game was about runs and very even.
The South took a lead into the first quarter, but the North answered quickly in the second quarter with some open 3's from Teron Doebele, Cameron Carter and Clay Bullard.
"During practice all week we'd been sharing the ball real well," Medicine Cloud said. "The coach told us that he enjoyed it so it was fun."
The North clung to a small lead going into the fourth quarter on the effort of big post Trace Murphey.
A 6-foot, 6-inch graduate of Lovell, Murphey was tasked with guarding 6-foot, 10-inch Kelby Kramer, and he did so almost to perfection despite the size difference. Worland graduate Cody Baumstarck also covered Kramer, but the North succeeded when Murphey was on the court.
He held Kramer to just two points while coming away with eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
"He's really big and he's really strong," Murphey said of Kramer. "In 2A there's not very many tall people to go against so it's nice to go up against these taller people from 3A and 4A."
Carter, the former Kelly Walsh standout, kept the North in the lead into the final minute by hitting four timely shots from the charity stripe, each of them accompanied by a confident shimmy. He finished with 16 points.
Doebele, a Riverton graduate who scored 13 points, knocked down long jumpers as well, including one in overtime that gave the North hope when the flow of the game was firmly in the South's favor.
All of the players exited having just played their final high school basketball games, and for some it was a satisfying ending.
"It was very special," Jamerman said. "To be able to play with Ty and Tyrel (Leman), that was special because we grew up playing together. Then with the other guys that we played with, I loved playing with them and I don't want to leave.
"I just want to keep playing with them, but things have to move on."