McIntosh was 4-for-6 from the free-throw line during the third overtime period, and that was all the points the Indians needed to secure a 56-54 win and stay atop the Region 4AAAAAA standings.
McIntosh finished with 27 points for McEachern (12-2, 7-1). He was 6-of-10 from 3-point range.
“Logan’s a stud,” McEachern coach Mike Thompson. “I don’t care what anyone else says.”
McEachern’s defense also stepped up during the third overtime and forced Marietta (14-3, 6-3) into turning the ball over on its first two possessions.
When McEachern had the ball, McIntosh drew fouls and made three trips to the line.
Marietta’s only point in the third overtime came in the final minute, when D.J. Bostic found a lane and made a layup. The Blue Devils had a chance to tie or take the lead with 11 seconds left, but Freddy Brown got a steal with 3 seconds left and the Indians let the clock expire.
“It’s hard to play in the middle of the season, and I’m just proud of our kids,” Thompson said. “Both teams competed. We made plays. They made plays. We just made the plays in the end.”
McEachern has had past experience with such long games, needing five overtimes to beat Campbell last season in the consolation game of the Region 4AAAAAA tournament.
The Indians were in in control of the third overtime Tuesday, but the Blue Devils allowed leads to slip in the first two.
With the scored knotted at 42-all at the end of regulation, Marietta’s Cameron Jordan took charge by nailing a 3-pointer from the left wing, and he followed up with a dunk on the next possession to give the Blue Devils a promising five-point lead.
McIntosh then converted his biggest 3-pointer of the game when he hit one from the top of the key. When Marietta had a chance to seal it with 52 seconds left, Raynere Thornton was called for a charge, which was also his fifth foul. The Indians went on to tie the score on a pair of A.J. Jones free throws.
With Thornton having fouled out, the Blue Devils went back to work in the second overtime as Bostick and Tyrell Tomlin made a pair of field goals to put Marietta up four. After Brown cut the lead to two on a jumper, Martin made one of two from the free-throw line to force McEachern to shoot a 3. Jones nailed one with 18 seconds left to send it to a third overtime.
“The boys are hurting, and that’s good,” Marietta coach Matt Lyons said. “There’s still plenty of region games left. We can still get No. 1 (seed), so we’re fine. I have to give them credit for making big shots, but also give our defense credit for pushing them out. They made deep shots.”
Jordan led Marietta with 13 points. Rayveon Thornton contributed with 12 and Martin added 10.
It looked as if McEachern had the momentum to win in regulation after McIntosh nailed a deep 3-pointer from the left wing to give the Indians a 38-37 lead with 1:45 left.
Jones came through with a steal on the ensuing possession, and McIntosh added a pair of free throws to extend the lead. But Marietta battled back on the free throw line, and Rayveon Thornton sent the game into overtime by hitting a 3 from the right wing with 2.3 seconds left.
Thornton’s 3-pointers stole some momentum from McEachern, allowing Marietta to jump out to a 5-point lead in the first overtime period.
“Coach (Thompson) kept us calm,” McIntosh said. “Every time we had shot opportunities, we took advantage of them. It was a team effort.”
McEachern 56, Marietta 41: Te’a Cooper had 18 points — most coming in the first half — to pace the Lady Indians in Region 4AAAAAA play.
Caliya Robinson scored nine points, with seven coming in the third quarter, and had nine rebounds for the Lady Indians (11-2, 6-0). Aunesha Williams scored 11 points, and Taylor Gordon had nine points and eight rebounds.
McEachern jumped to a 14-4 first-quarter lead and pulled away by outscoring Marietta 20-10.
Jacky Jones led Marietta (7-5, 2-5) with 12 points, while Tatiana Foster had 10.