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Rockdale survives in overtime

CONYERS -- Rockdale boys basketball coach Alvin Williams admitted his team hadn't played its best Tuesday against Loganville. But it's much easier to deal with a subpar performance when it results in a victory.

LaRonta Parks scored 13 of his 14 points after regulation, including the go-ahead field goal in the third overtime, lifting the Bulldogs to a 77-75 victory in Region 8-AAAA play.

Rockdale (14-5) won its seventh consecutive game and stayed unbeaten at 5-0 against league foes.

Loganville (13-8, 1-4) had gone ahead 75-74 when TaKein Dixson fed Stevon Graves for a basket with 32 seconds left in the third overtime. Parks followed with a nice jumper in the lane to put the Bulldogs ahead for good. Loganville's Kyle Baker missed a potential go-ahead basket with six seconds left.

The visiting Red Devils forced the third overtime thanks to Nick Ackerman, who had been held scoreless since the second quarter before burying a 3-pointer to tie it at 71-71 with less than a half minute to play in the second overtime. Parks put Rockdale ahead with a three, then after a pair of Loganville free throws, Parks made it 71-68 with two free throws.

"He's a player with a lot of skills; he's working hard," Williams said of Parks.

At the end of regulation, the Red Devils trailed by two when Baker hit a runner in the lane to knot things up at 56-56 and send the game to overtime. Loganville could've won it in the first extra session, but Baker missed a pair of free throws and after two offensive rebounds and a scramble on the floor, Oliver Banks' potential game-winner rimmed out.

"An old coach taught me a win is a win," Williams said. "We played horrible tonight (and) Loganville played well. I'm just happy we got two days of practice (until Friday's game)."

Charles Moore, who had a team-high 19 points, was red-hot early in the second half, knocking down three 3-pointers, while C.J. Wilson (17 points) added one of his own. But Loganville was matching the Bulldogs at the other end as D.J. Evans hit a pair of threes and Dixson knocked down one. Moore got what turned out to be the last of his points on two free throws and Rockdale went to the fourth up 46-41. In the final period, the Bulldogs got eight of David Jelks' 18 points and led the entire way until Baker's tying shot with six seconds left.

Baker led all scorers with 20 points, and Dixson added 16 points for the Red Devils.