ELDORADO — Bryce Northcott's 28-foot heave at the horn lifted No. 5 seed Carmi-White County past Herrin, 57-55, in the opening round of the 53rd Eldorado Holiday Tournament on Thursday afternoon.
Herrin's Drew Ringel gave his club a 55-54 lead with 2.8 seconds to play after hitting his first free throw before missing the back end.
Carmi then grabbed the rebound and quickly moved the ball to Northcott in the front court for the game-winner.
Northcott finished with 13 points and avenged a semifinal loss that Carmi suffered to Herrin in last year's EHT.
"It was a great win and a big shot by Bryce Northcott," said Carmi-White County coach Kevin Wolff. "We got tired there in the fourth quarter. They started turning us over, but our kids battled through it and made a play at the end to win a basketball game."
Travis Black finished with 18 points to lead Carmi (7-3). Thirteen of those came in the first quarter, including the first 11 points for his team.
Ringel finished with 18 for the Tigers who rallied from a 33-24 halftime deficit.
"It was a gut-wrenching loss," said Herrin coach Sayler Shurtz. "We were down nine and fought all the way, then had the lead and missed a free throw at the end that gave them a chance to get a shot off. We kind of gambled on a steal right there and the Carmi kid threw one in. It was a good shot. Nothing but net."
Sophomore Brandon Anthony scored 13 for the Tigers (2-8) while teammate Cameron Vaughn added 10 off the bench.
"We just kind of feel snake bit," said Shurtz. "We get right there and we just can't close it out right now. We have a young team, but some of the things we're doing, the little details, that's what is killing us right now."
The Bulldogs will take on West Frankfort on Friday at 7 p.m. in one quarterfinal. Herrin will play Fairfield on Friday at 10 a.m. in the consolation bracket.
No. 7 seed Massac County will play second-seed Harrisburg at 1:45 p.m. Anna-Jonesboro will meet No. 6 seed Union County, Kentucky at 3:15 p.m.