For a game that consisted of so many big scoring runs, it's ironic that Southeast's win came down to a free throw to cement victory.

After squandering a 14 point lead, sophomore Elijah Payne hit one free throw but missed the second only to watch Zach Beard's last three-point attempt bank off the rim to win 59-56.

Southeast is 12-4 and still chasing East in the City League race. North drops down to 7-10.

"I call it the old bugaboo of Southeast Basketball; we go back to trying to do it ourselves and get away from the team concept," Southeast head coach Melvin Herring said. "When we get back into that team concept you see the end result, we control the game and it's a team effort. It was a team that pulled it out and I was really proud of that."

The Golden Buffaloes came out hot in the first quarter, scoring the first six points of the game before North rallied to take a 10-9 lead after the first.

The Redskins went on an 11-2 run to lead by 10 on Southeast early. Tarius Williams and Gage Loy helped lead the charge that gave the home team some cushion but as soon as they had it, they let it slip. Thanks to EJ Garnes and D'Andre Franklin, Buffaloes ripped off a 14-0 run to close out the first half and a take a 25-21 lead into the locker rooms.

Looked like the game would get away from North as Southeast opened the second half with a 13-2 run and seemed to hit coast mode until North rallied.

With four minutes left in the game, Southeast went cold while North knocked in bucket after bucket and chipped away to make it a 48-44 game.

Cue Jordan Murdock for back to back three's to give a some breathing room.

"When you are up, you want to take control of the game and that's one thing we are trying to get across to our kids and teach them that we don't have to hurry and get a basket right away," Herring said. "We are up, we got the lead, we spread them out and we just tried to control the finish of the game."

Southeast still chases East in the standings tied with Heights as sub state looms on the horizon.