Linden holds off Marengo in OT, advances to Area 4 final

THOMASTON — It went to overtime, but Linden survived a major scare from Marengo to pull a 94-85 victory and advance to the finals of the Class 1A, Area 4 tournament.

Dequan Charleston came up huge for the Patriots with 32 points to lead all scorers. Tahj Johnson had 19 points while D.J. Charleston had 15 on the night.

Marengo placed a trio of players in triple digits as well. Michael Kennedy led the way with 22 points, four rebounds, an assist and five steals. Bernard Simon had 21 points to go with 14 rebounds, four assists and four blocks. Cordarius Pritchett had 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists and eight steals.

Marengo ends its season at 3-13 while Linden advances to the tournament final Friday to face A.L. Johnson.