KERNERSVILLE — Mount Airy had a late lead twice, but Bishop McGuinness hit two buzzer-beaters to wrest an 84-82 win away from the Bears.
The Granite Bears held a 71-68 lead in the closing seconds of regulation, but Spencer Wilson hit a three-pointer to send the game into overtime.
With 2.2 seconds left in the extra session, the Villains fouled Khaileel Dailey with the game tied 81-all.
Dailey hit the first shot to take the lead, then purposely missed the second, expecting time to run out before Bishop could do anything with the ball.
A player grabbed the rebound and flicked it to Wilson, who turned and heaved a shot up from 60 or more feet away, said Bear Coach Levi Goins. The shot banked in to give the Villains the win.
Against a 15-3 Villain team, Goins said, “This was probably our most complete game of the season. … We did a lot of things right, but came up on the wrong side of the scoreboard. This one hurts.”
This is the third time in two weeks that the Bears have held a lead in the fourth quarter and lost a conference game.
They lost by two against East Surry and Winston-Salem Prep before losing another by just a basket.
That drops the Bears to 10-6 overall and 3-3 in the Northwest Conference.
The teams were tied for third place behind East Surry and Prep, but this game put Bishop (4-2) ahead of the Bears.
Carson Mounce fouled out, but before he did, Carson had the best game of his career, said Goins.
“He played great the whole night,” Goins said. Mounce finished with 19 points and did a great job on Bishop’s post players.
Clay Mounce came up big in the third quarter, scoring 11 of his 16 points as the Bears came back from a 39-32 halftime deficit.
Caleb Horton led the Bears with 24, Dylan Gallimore score 11, Dailey six and Sihem Smith three.
Wilson led Bishop with 23 points, and Nick Efird added 19. Tommy Koesters, Logan Weathers and Will Gardner scored nine points each, and Will Webster added eight.
“Although they scored 84 points, they shot the ball very well with a hand in their face,” Goins said of the Villains. They kept making tough tries all night.
Bishop made 12 three-pointers, which is quite a few considering Mount Airy was not in a zone most of the night.
The Bears travel to West Stokes on Tuesday for a nonconference game.