Posted On: 03/8/21 11:05 PM

Collierville wasn’t the most talented team on the floor Monday night.

It didn't need to be.

The Dragons, behind their physical defense and seniors, defeated Arlington, 55-51, in overtime to earn a spot in next week’s Division 1-3A Boys State Tournament in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Here are three takeaways from Collierville’s win over the Tigers.

The Dragons didn’t fold after giving up double-digit lead

The third quarter belonged to senior wing Davon Barnes Davon Barnes 6'5" | SF Collierville | 2021 State TN . He scored eight points in the quarter to help Collierville build a 43-33 lead. The Dragons’ cushion didn’t last as Arlington turned up its defensive pressure, forced turnovers and went on a 12-0 run to take a 48-45 lead with under two minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

During the Tigers’ scoring burst, sophomore forward Javar Daniel Javar Daniel 6'8" | PF Arlington | 2023 State TN scored seven points and topped off his stretch with a 3-point play. Arlington had the momentum and seemed to be on its way to its first state tournament appearance under second-year head coach Maurice Miller.

But a defensive lapse from the Tigers left senior guard Jordan Jenkins wide open in the corner for the 3 to tie the game.

In the waning seconds, with the game

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