By Robert Husseman • Sports Editor • 

Warriors punch state ticket at Pirates' expense

Citizens of Dayton and Amity will talk about Wednesday night's Class 3A West Valley League boys basketball playoff game for quite some time.

And they will speak from experience, as so many of them packed the Amity High School gymnasium.

Derek Ojua and Lance Nelson each scored four points in the second overtime period as the Warriors slowly drained the life out of the Pirates, 53-49, on Wednesday night and automatically qualified for the Class 3A state basketball playoffs.

Nelson led Amity (22-4, 12-2) with 19 points. Dayton's Corwin Hiatt scored a game-high 20 points, with 12 coming in the first half of regulation.

Down 24-17 at the half, the Warriors held the Pirates (14-10, 9-5) to four points in the third quarter, then took a 37-35 lead on Brett Hilt's layup with 1:10 remaining. Zach Spink of Dayton made a pair of free throws with 42.8 seconds left, but both teams squandered their last possessions of regulation.

In overtime, Nelson hit two free throws with 6.6 seconds remaining to put Amity ahead, 42-39. Zach Bernards kept the Pirates alive with a three-pointer -- shot in front of the visiting student section -- with two seconds remaining to force double overtime.

Zach Wilson scored 11 points for the Warriors, with Hilt contributing 10 points. Devin Nowlin finished with 10 points for Dayton.

Read more about the game in Friday's News-Register. 

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