The Bendigo Braves' men NBL1 play-off hopes are alive - just.
A Daniel Hansen three-point bomb in the dying seconds and poor free throw shooting from Diamond Valley gave the Braves a thrilling 86-84 win on their home court.
Playing without injured import Deonte Burton, the Braves looked in real danger of losing to the battling Eagles when in-form forward Mathiang Muo fouled out with a quarter to play.
Not for the first time this season, Braves star Ray Turner stood up for his side down the stretch.
He scored nine of the Braves first 11 points in the opeining two-and-a-half minutes of the final quarter to give his side a handy seven-point break.
Just when it looked like the Braves were going to break the game open, Turner collected his fourth foul and coach David Hogan made the tough decision to take him out of the game.
The Eagles pounced to score five-straight points as the Braves offence went stagnant without Turner.
The Braves went two minutes without scoring until Turner returned to the game and he scored on his first possession back.
The Braves and Eagles traded buckets until the visitors drew level with two minutes remaining.
Turnovers hurt the Braves and the Eagles grabbed a two-point lead thanks to a Liam Killey lay-up.
Turner made one of his two free throws to draw the Braves within one point with 41 seconds remaining.
A Killey jump shot missed, but he crucially grabbed the offensive board and the Eagles had possession with 25 seconds left.
The Eagles could have wound the clock down and forced the Braves to foul, but with 10 seconds to go Anthony Odunsi inexplicably took a jump shot from the baseline and it missed.
Braves big man Matt Andronicos rebounded the ball and the home side worked the ball to Hansen who, despite being 1-8 from behind the arc to that point of the match, sunk a three-pointer from the left wing.
The Braves led 86-84 with one second on the clock.
The Braves appeared home, but an off-ball foul was called on Jake Lloyd as the Eagles tried to inbound the ball.
Odunsi went to the free throw line to send the game into overtime, but when he missed the first attempt he was forced to miss the second as well in the hope one of his team-mates could tip-in the rebound.
It didn't work and the Braves celebrated a win which lifted them into the top eight.
Turner scored 15 of his game-high 31 points in the final quarter.
Muo scored 17 points beofre being fouled out, while youngster Tanner Rayner was an efficient 4-7 from the field in his 10-point haul.
Meanwhile, the Braves women thumped Diamond Valley 90-68.
Becca Tobin led the way for Bendigo with 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Biance Dufelmeier (17), Tess Madgen (15) and Gabe Richards (12) all scored in double-figures.
Kelly Wilson had 13 assists for the Braves.
The Braves men and women are back at Bendigo Stadium this Friday night to play Albury-Wodonga. The women start at 6pm, with the men to follow at 8pm.