Blue Mountain found themselves down after three quarters.
The Cougars were down, but they were not out.
Trailing 46-34 going in to the final quarter, Blue Mountain rallied and kept coming up with big play after big play, outscoring Hickory flat 26-14 to force overtime.
As if one overtime wasn’t enough, the Rebels and Cougars fought it out into a second overtime for good measure.
Ultimately, Blue Mountain came out on top 77-71 to ensure themselves a home playoff game and give them a chance to play for the district title.
Keshun Tyler led with 31 points. Jaden Hall added 19 while Josthin Moreno added 10.
The Cougars will take on HW Byers for the Region Crown at 8:30 on Friday at the Ripley Event Center.