The John "Hot Rod" Williams Gold Dome Classic is finally back in the arena it was named after, and St. Amant's first tournament game there was a thriller that couldn't be settled in 32 minutes.

The John "Hot Rod" Williams Gold Dome Classic is finally back in the arena it was named after, and St. Amant's first tournament game there was a thriller that couldn't be settled in 32 minutes.

The Gators had a 10-point third-quarter lead over Denham Springs, but the Yellow Jackets stormed back to tie the game in the fourth. In overtime, St. Amant made just enough defensive stands, and Destin Barker sank four important free throws to net them a hard-fought 53-49 victory.

Win of loss, St. Amant head coach Travis Uzee was just happy to be home. The Gators are back playing at the Gold Dome for the first time in three years. After being damaged by the Great Flood of 2016, they've had to play their home games at Dutchtown for the past two seasons.

“It’s amazing. It’s a great thing for our community," Uzee said. "Our booster club guys are really excited to be back here. It’s been a whirlwind over the last couple of years, but we’re finally settling back in. There are some kids on the team that have never been able to play here before; they’re finally being able to play in their home gym, so it’s a neat deal."

St. Amant had a chance to take a big early lead over Denham Springs, but they kept missing easy shots in the paint.

Two 3-pointers by Connor Adams helped them grab a 12-6 advantage after one.

They went three minutes before hitting their first shot of the second quarter.

They eventually got things together. K.J. Franklin came up with an and-one play that gave them their biggest lead of the game at 19-10.

They eventually led 23-15 at the half.

In the third quarter, Franklin drained a 3-pointer that gave St. Amant their biggest lead of the game at 10.

But it didn't last long. Denham Springs was able to chip away and cut the deficit to 32-27 heading into the fourth.

The Yellow Jackets continued what became a 15-3 run to take their first lead of the game.

“We have to do the little things better. I think that’s what put us in a bad spot there," Uzee said. "We had a lead, but we didn’t hold on to it very well because we have to clean up those little things. I think a lot of it has to do with experience and communication. Guys have to get into the right spots.”

This lead lasted until inside one minute when Tyrone Johnson drained a jumper that tied the contest. Johnson had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but he couldn't get a layup to go, so the teams went into overtime tied at 42.

Right out of the gates, Javin Augillard made back-to-back layups to give St. Amant a four-point lead, but Denham Springs eventually tied the game once again.

With both teams in the bonus, the overtime period became a free-throw contest.

With just seven seconds remaining, Barker was fouled trying to corral a loose ball. He made both free throws to give St. Amant a two-point lead.

On the other end, Barker came up with a steal and was immediately fouled. He then made two more free throws that iced the game.

Barker finished with a team-high 12 points.

“He’s one of the best shooters on our team. He may be one of the biggest, but he’s a great shooter," Uzee said. "When he got to the free-throw line, he’s a high-percentage free-throw shooter in general, so when he made the first two, I felt pretty good about the second two. He’s a great kid, and he deserved to make those shots.”

Johnson and Adams each had nine points, and Franklin added eight.

The win improved St. Amant to 3-1 overall.