Italian Delight won the regular-season championship in the South Boston 30 & Over Basketball League, but it was Benchmark that captured the league tournament championship.

In a game that went all the way down to the wire, Benchmark edged Italian Delight 45-42 in overtime Sunday night to win the tournament title.

Heads-up defensive play on the part of Benchmark was key in the overtime period, with Benchmark holding Italian Delight to just one basket in the extra period.

Benchmark had only field goal in the overtime period as well, but players hit three of six attempts from the charity stripe to get Benchmark over the top.

Free throw shooting was big throughout the game as Benchmark was 13-23 at the charity stripe while Italian Delight was 4-12 at the free throw line.

Justin Saunders led Benchmark in scoring with 18 points that included four 3-pointers. Calvin Chaney followed with 15 points.

The Italian Delight team was led by Robert Perkins with 15 points. Cornelius Davis followed with nine points.

Benchmark (45)

Leading Scorers: Justin Saunders 18 points (1 2-pointer, 4 3-pointer, 4 of 6 from free throw line, 2 personal fouls); Calvin Chaney 15 points (2 2-pointers, 2 3-pointers, 5 of 5 from free throw line and 3 personal fouls)

Italian Delight (42) 

Leading Scorers: Robert Perkins 15 points (7 2-pointers, 1 of 4 from free throw line, 4 personal fouls); Cornelius Davis 9 points (3 2-pointers, 3 of 7 from free throw line, 1 personal foul).

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

Joe Chandler is the sports editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at