By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- For the first time in its seven-year history, the Pittsfield Turkey Tournament needed overtime to decide a winner.
Unfortunately for the Liberty High School boys basketball team, the end result didn't go the Eagles' way.
The Explorers struck first in overtime to take their first lead of the game and never gave up control in a 55-53 victory in the championship game.
With eight seconds to play, Alton held a 55-52 and after a timeout Liberty took possession with the length of the court to go.
The Eagles made one of two free throws with three seconds to cut Marquette's lead to a basket, 55-53 with two seconds remaining.
Marquette missed two free throws in the final two seconds, but came out with the win.
Liberty led 40-30 with 3 minutes, 9 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but Alton Marquette closed out the game on a 10-0 run to force overtime.
The Eagles led 28-14 at halftime.
Michael Blewett led the Eagles (3-1) with 26 points.
Marquette's 6-foot-4 shooting guard Deion Lavender scored 25 points in the game and set a tournament scoring record with 109 points in four games.
Payson Seymour captured third place with a 55-46 victory over host Pittsfield.
The teams were tied 4-4 after the first quarter, but Payson went on a 12-4 run in the second quarter to take control, 20-12, at halftime.
The Indians (3-1) were ahead 38-23 heading into the fourth quarter but were outscored 23-17 in the period.
Cody Hildebrand led Payson with 17 points and Donovan Edwards chipped in 14.
Wayde Smith paced the Saukees (2-2) with 25 points, including five 3-pointers, and Eli Petty added 10.
In the fifth-place game, Macomb routed Illini West 64-29.
Macomb (3-1) raced to a 39-17 halftime lead after hitting five 3-pointers in the second quarter and Illini West (1-3) committed eight turnovers.
The Bombers hit nine consecutive three-point field goals in the second half before scoring a layup with 5:13 to play.
Blake Lowderman led Macomb with 18 points, all coming on 3-pointers.
Braeden Benett paced Illini West with nine points.
Pleasant Plains hit 6 of 6 from the free throw line in the final minute to escape with a 69-62 victory over Western in the seventh-place game.
Western trailed by one, 63-62, with less than a minute to go before sending Pleasant Plains to the line.
The Indians were down by 15 at halftime, but outscored the Cardinals 40-27 in the second half.
"We had a little meeting of the minds (at halftime)," Western coach Pat Rafferty said. "We came out and really outplayed them in the second half, but 15 points are awful hard to make up."
Evan Ehrhardt and Izack Hively scored 21 points apiece to lead Western.
Nekoda Gerding added 13 points for the Wildcats (0-4).
Blewett and teammate Michael Mast were named to the all-tournament team along with Hildebrand, Gage Klitz and Lance Buhlig of Payson, Hively, and Bennett.