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Close wins, especially on the road, could be the most valuable currency for teams looking to establish themselves among the elite in an area with no obvious frontrunners.

Fair Park made it through six games as the only remaining unbeaten and sought to perhaps separate itself from the pack. Instead, Byrd’s improbable late comeback lifted the Yellow Jackets to a 61-57 win in front of a loud, hostile crowd Tuesday night.

“They’ve kind of dominated us the last two or three years,” said a beaming coach Rusty Johnson after a long fourth quarter finally ended. “To come over here and beat a team like this, that’s a big win.”

Byrd had lost two of its last three to the Indians, who came charging back in the third quarter with a 10-0 run to tie the game before eventually taking a 40-39 lead on Carl Beasley’s 3-pointer. D’iranique Holmes scored the last of his team-high 15 points to cap off a 9-0 run to give Fair Park a 51-45 lead with less than 4 minutes remaining.

But one of the smallest Yellow Jackets came up huge on the next possession, as Darian Bryant sank a 3-pointer from the right baseline, drew a foul, and made the free throw. The 5-foot-5 senior led Byrd with 16 points and made some big defensive plays to complement his momentum-changing shot.

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