KINGDOM CITY — Sophomore guard Tully Thomsen tallied 10 of the Thunderbirds' 13 points in overtime as they blanked the Owls in the extra period to escape with the Eastern Missouri Conference win Friday night.
North Callaway (12-11, 6-2 EMO) carried a 35-32 edge to the fourth quarter. The Thunderbirds, though, needed a 10-foot jumper from the baseline by junior guard Khobi Kellerman with 34 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 43-all and send the game to overtime.
Thomsen knocked down all eight of his free throws in the extra period as the Thunderbirds finally fended off Silex (2-18, 0-8).
Thomsen connected for a game-high 21 points to direct North Callaway and Kellerman added 11.
"You have to give credit to Silex — they played a lot better than most 2-17 teams and gave us all we wanted," Thunderbirds head coach Matt Miller said. "They came out making 3-pointers and that was the difference in the first half.
"We found a way to come back and tie the game, force overtime and get a win on Senior Night."
Nathan Kentzy led the Owls with 16 points and Charles Turbyeville had 11.
North Callaway (6-10) dropped the junior varsity game 49-44. Freshman guard Cody Lee provided 15 points and sophomore forward Ean Rohrbach finished with 12, all coming on four 3s.
The Thunderbirds go to Mark Twain for an EMO matchup at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.