Hawks outlast Melbourne in OT to win district title
Luma’s late-game scoring outburst helps lift Hawks past Bulldogs
Members of the Viera High boys basketball team pose with the Class 6A, District 5 trophy after beating Melbourne 53-50 in overtime Friday night.
VIERA VOICE Courtesy Logn Keith
It was the kind of moment the Viera High boys basketball team has been preparing for all season.
And when it came, the Hawks were ready.
Junior scored 15 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as Viera defeated the host Melbourne Bulldogs 53-50 to win the Class 6A, District 5 championship Friday night.
“Our kids never quit,” first-year Viera coach Logan Keith wrote in a Twitter message.
Trailing by 13 points at the half, the Hawks (16-11) were able to cut the lead to six points two minutes into the third quarter and led by six with 30 seconds left in regulation before Melbourne (17-10) was able to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Luna scored six of Viera’s seven points in the extra period.
Cooper Davis had another double-double for the Hawks with 13 points and 12 rebounds. A.J. Toney had eight points, including a big pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter to help keep Viera in the game in the first half.
Kile Lin also turned in some big minutes defensively, guarding some of Melbourne’s key players.
Keith, who came to Viera after 15 years at Rockledge (the last 13 as head coach), has been constantly reminding his players that their season is a marathon not a sprint.
And now, Viera appears to be playing its best basketball when it counts the most.
The Hawks will now advance to the Class 6A regional quarterfinals, which are scheduled to begin Thursday night. As the district champ, Viera will host at least one playoff game.
Playoff brackets for all classifications are expected to be released by the FHSAA Sunday night.