Region 8-AAAA members Fort Dorchester and Beaufort will meet twice during the conference season, but they met Saturday night in the finals of the Modie Risher Classic.
If the region meetings are as exciting as the one Saturday night, fans from both schools are in for a treat.
Beaufort rallied from 12 points down in the final six minutes of regulation to win the title in overtime, 49-47.
Fort Dorchester led the game, 41-29, with 6:07 to play and appeared in complete control. However, the Patriots began to wilt under heavy double teams and pressure late in the game, and Beaufort scored the final six points of the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime, tied at 43.
Tournament most valuable player, Kendrick Colvin, scored all six of Beaufort's points in the extra period, finishing the game with 17 points.
Fort Dorchester dropped to 8-1 on the season, while the Eagles improved to 9-1.
Senior Eric Heyward led Fort Dorchester with 13 points, and was named the tournament's most outstanding player.
Beaufort led 8-5 midway through the first period before the Patriots closed the quarter on a 10-1 run to grab a 15-9 lead.
The lead extended to 20-9 early in the second quarter and Fort Dorchester maintained the edge for a 28-17 halftime lead.
The Eagles made a nice run to open the third quarter, cutting the margin to 30-23 with 4:47 remaining, but Fort Dorchester held a 36-27 lead heading into the final period.
Host Burke won the third-place game with Timberland, overcoming a 12-point third quarter deficit to win, 51-42. Freshman Sidney Robinson's 3-pointer with 1:52 left in the game put the Bulldogs on top, 43-42, and Burke never trailed again.
The Bulldogs outscored Timberland, 21-6, in the final period. Robinson finished with 14 points and was selected to the All-Tournament team.
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