A feast of baskets in the fourth quarter between Derbyshire Arrows and East London All Stars meant the game had to be settled in over-time, with the Arrows holding on in a nail-biting finish.
No less than 57 points were shared between the two sides in the last of the regulated periods, including a late flurry from the All Stars, forcing added time and five minutes that would eventually decide this thrilling encounter.
All Stars had the chance to level the game up when they were taken to the free-throw line with two seconds remaining but they were unable to take the second opportunity and the young Arrows side finished on the right side of a 205-point game.
Arrows’ Joseph Baugh led all scorers in the game with 38 points as, not for the first time this season, he helped the Derbyshire side in the clutch with a vital contribution - and claiming the rebound to the missed shot with moments remaining.
The young Arrows enter the winter break in third place with wind in their sails as they eye the title following a 6-1 record, which includes six of the games being played on the road.
The game was tight throughout and the first quarter was no different as the two teams were at loggerheads with each other from the off and it ended level at 20-20.
The second quarter saw the visitors try and inch away from the Arrows as their lead got as high as seven points. The Arrows showed a calmness and poise in adversity and relied on Baugh and Aaron Moseley. Though the All Stars led 41-37 at half time.
An 11-point swing in the third saw the Arrows go seven points clear thanks to Moseley and Scott constant threats and a strong defence performing well. But East London fought back to lead with just ten minutes remaining 59-58.
A huge quarter for Baugh helped the hosts, as he scored no less than 13 points in the fourth, Andreas Lycoudis, Matt Wilson and when Moseley layed the ball home in the final minute to go four points up the Arrows faithful thought that would be enough.
A late free throw and a dagger three-point shot levelled it at 87-87 before Baugh’s late heroics.
Arrows: Baugh 38, Moseley 19, Scott 16, Broodie 13, Kelly 5, Lycoudis 4, Wilson 4 and Heymann 3.
Elsewhere, the U18s took a tight 86-81 victory over the Newcastle Eagles.