Milique Johnson took the inbounds pass from near midcourt and had enough time to get a desperation shot that ended up being a swish and a 59-58 victory over Kennesaw Mountain.
The Eagles will face McEachern in the quarterfinals Monday.
It was payback of sorts for South Cobb. Kennesaw Mountain beat the Eagles at home earlier in the season on a buzzer-beating shot.
“This has been a season of ups and downs,” South Cobb coach Gregory Moultrie said. “Initially, we wanted to get an alley-oop play to the rim, but that wasn’t available. I usually get on to (Johnson) for shooting 3s. Now that he shot that 3 and made it, I can’t get on to him anymore.”
Johnson led South Cobb with 21 points, Aaryon Davis contributed with 20 and Josh Holliday, Wesley Ingram and Brandon Barnes each scored six.
The game was a back-and-forth affair.
Andrew Jimenez, who led Kennesaw Mountain with 20 points, hit an open layup with roughly 45 seconds left to play to give the Mustangs a 3-point lead and a little confidence.
Davis hit a layup to cut the Kennesaw Mountain lead to one, and a free throw by Macceo Inman upped it to two with just over 10 seconds remaining.
Then the game ended up in the hands of Johnson.
“I didn’t want the season to end,” Johnson said. “I just said give me the ball and to have faith in me. I told them to give me the ball and I just had to throw it up.”
South Cobb got off to a quick start by attacking Kennesaw Mountain inside and building a 16-10 lead. The Mustangs adjusted and outscored South Cobb 22-9 in the second quarter to take a 32-25 lead at the half.
Then South Cobb got hot again inside the paint and dominated the third quarter. A layup by Johnson tied the game at 40-all late in the third quarter and the scoring went back and forth until Davis hit a trey from the right wing at the third quarter buzzer to give South Cobb a 47-42 edge.
But Kennesaw Mountain slowly began chipping away at the lead in teh fourth quarter. A 3-pointer by Josh Craig made it 52-51 and a jumper by Inman gave the Warriors a 53-52 lead with 2:40 left.