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Top-seeded Massanutten Military Academy's postgraduate boys basketball team made it a short stay in the eight-team National Prep Championship at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Conn.
The Colonels extended the game past 40 minutes of regulation time, but ultimately fell 78-76 in overtime to Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) on Tuesday morning.
"They just made tough shots in the second half," MMA coach Chad Myers said. "I didn't think we played great. It was one of those things where we missed a few shots we could have made, had a few turnovers. That being said, we were still in position to win with 10 seconds to play and just missed one in front of the rim."
The Colonels jumped out to a 25-14 lead and still held a 34-27 advantage at halftime. But Notre Dame Prep steadily cut into that lead to eventually force overtime.
And in the extra frame, it was the eighth-seeded Notre Dame which made enough shots to advance to Wednesday's semifinals.
"You can have a great season, and we beat most of these teams during the season," said Myers, whose squad finished the year 30-4. "But it's a situation where you've got to put three games together at the right time."