The Purdy Eagles surrendered a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, but held on in overtime to defeat Marion C. Early 61-60 to open play in the Clever Tournament.
"The game went pretty much how we expected," said Purdy coach Tommy Egan. "Both teams were basically playing a whole new lineup from last season, and nerves were evident from the start. We had some turnovers and struggled with our shooting at times. The boys responded well."
The Panthers (0-1) led 10-9 after the first period, but a 20-10 run in the second quarter sent the Eagles (1-0) into halftime with a 29-20 edge.
Purdy won the third period 14-13 to lead 43-33 heading into the final frame. Marion C. Early outscored the black and gold 21-11 in the fourth quarter to force extra time.
With four seconds left in overtime, Cameron Terry found Brent Cornman for a layup to secure the one-point victory.
"I was thrilled with the kids effort and how they responded in crunch time," said Eagan. "We will struggle at times early this season, but we are extremely excited about the potential of our team."
Terry led the Eagles in scoring with 18 points. Austin Hancock and Tyler Scott had 11 points each. Cornman and Keevin Walker chipped in 8 points apiece, and Glen Scott finished with 5 points.
The fifth-seeded Eagles will face top-seeded Clever on Friday at Clever. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.