LAKELAND – In the closest game of the tournament so far, Fort Lauderdale Dillard outlasted Lake City Columbia 71-66 in two overtimes in the Class 6A semifinals at the RP Funding Center Thursday night.


Asonaba Bromley , who finished the game with just seven points, had five in the second overtime when Dillard (24-7) outscored Columbia 9-4 to advance to the Class 6A championship game Saturday at 5:30 p.m. against No. 1 Bartow.


While Bromley was the offensive star in the second overtime, it was a play he made at the end of the first overtime that was the key play of the game.


With Columbia (28-3) leading 62-60 and the final seconds of the overtime ticking down, Dillard lost control of the ball. Brumley made a leaping save to Ivan Reynolds, who turned and hit a shot at the buzzer to send it to the second overtime tied 62-62.


"It was a little lucky," Bromley said. "I was hoping he (Reynolds) was looking for it."


It was a shot that, depending on which side you were on, either did or didn’t beat the buzzer.


"We kind of knew it was good from the beginning," Dillard coach Darryl Burrows said. "It looked like it was clean. It was good, so we were ready to roll into the next overtime."


Columbia coach Steve Faulker thought otherwise.


"I’ve never been one to blame it on the officials at all, but the shot at the end of the first overtime was still in his hands (when the buzzer went off). I’m confident of that," Faulkner said. "But it is what it is. That’s going to happen in the game of basketball."


As for stepping up in the second overtime, Bromley said, "I was trying to find my rhythm. In the second overtime, I just said I’m going all out."


He had just two points entering the second overtime. Trailing 66-64, Bromley scored the next five points to give the Panthers a 69-66 lead with 39 seconds to play. They closed it out with a pair of free throws.


Even before the overtime, it was a back-and-forth game that saw the two teams taking turns making runs at each other.


Columbia came out red hot, making five of six 3-pointers, two each by Kenney Gaines and Darrien Jones, to take a 19-6 lead five minutes into the game. Dillard answered with a 14-2 run led by Reynolds and Jalen Haynes, cutting it to 21-20. And so it went the rest of the way.


Columbia led 35-30 at halftime, but Dillard started the second half on an 8-0 run. Columbia came back to tie it 41-41 after three quarters.


Dillard had a 55-52 lead, but Columbia tied it again at 55 with 1:10 left.


With 8.8 seconds left in the half, Columbia had the ball and had two shots to win it, but couldn’t get a shot to fall.


That was the type of game it was, from start to beyond the final buzzer.


Haynes led Dillard with 17 points, while Reynolds had 15 and Chandler Mack 12. Columbia was led by Gaines with 24 points and Jones with 20.


COLUMBIA (66) — Jordan Smith 2-7 0-0 5, Marcus Peterson 1-3 1-2 3, Charleston Ponds 2-6 0-0 4, Kenney Gaines 8-22 5-5 24, Darrien Jones 8-13 2-4 20, Dante Brown 0-0 0-0 0, D'andre Jefferson 1-1 0-0 2, Tray Tolliver 0-1 0-0 0, Marcus Owens 4-7 0-0 8. Totals 26-60 8-11 66.


DILLARD (71) — Ivan Reynolds 5-9 3-11 14, Stephon Edwards 0-1 0-0 0, Chandler Mack 3-6 7-9 13, Dimitri Bernot 1-4 2-2 4, Asonaba Bromley 3-7 1-2 7, Darryl Burrows 2-8 3-3 9, Jalen Haynes 7-12 3-5 17, Nick Bennett 2-3 1-2 5, Jvonni Robiejo 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 24-52 20-34 71.


Columbia ; 21 ; 14 ; 6 ; 14 ; 7 ; 4 ; -- ; 66


Dillard ; 16 ; 14 ; 11 ; 14 ; 7 ; 9 ; -- ; 71


3-pt FG: Columbia 6-13 (Smith 1-4, Ponds 0-1, Gaines 3-6, Jones 2-2), Dillard 3-14 (Reynolds 1-1, Edwards 0-1, Bernot 0-2, Bromley 0-1, Burrows 2-8, Bennett 0-1). Rebounds: Columbia 36 (Owens 9), Dillard 33 (Haynes 13). Fouls: Columbia 21, Dillard 19. Fouled out: Peterson Mack Haynes. Technical: none. Assists: Columbia 12 (Gaines 4, Jones 4), Dillard 13 (Reynolds 4). Steals: Columbia 7 (Smith 4), Dillard 11 (Bernot 3). Turnovers: Columbia 17, Dillard 18.