There still was important business to be done.
Point 1,001 made it a two-point lead.
At the other end, Tom O’Connor ripped down one of his 17 rebounds to get the ball back to Wahconah.
Luke Hescock’s offensive rebound extended the next possession, which ended in a Huban putback to make it a four-point margin.
Monument’s Zach Goffin scored in the post with 42 seconds left to get the Spartans with a bucket.
The teams then traded empty trips.
Wahconah was able to run some clock and got an inbounds play at half court with 5 seconds on the clock. Monument committed two fouls in 1.4 seconds to get the visitors to the line with 3.3 on the clock.
Aidan Trager made the front end of a one-and-one to push the lead to 69-68. But he missed the second, and Dion Brown (20 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists) grabbed the rebound and called timeout.
The Spartans inbounded the ball and it went out off Wahconah at midcourt. After another Monument Mountain timeout, the Spartans got the ball to Brown on the left side with a chance to tie, but his shot was just off the mark, allowing Wahconah to celebrate the win and the tourney ticket -- in short, one grand night.
“We had Connor [Hanavan] trying to set a screen on Dion’s man, along with Caden [Gidarakos], and then Connor was going to pop to the top of the key, too,” Monument Mountain coach Randy Koldys said. “But Dion kind of took a different route. He had an option of going corner or going wing. He went wing, and he caught the ball. I was hoping he’d draw some contact there, but the kid missed him. They did a good job of avoiding the foul right there at the end.”
At the beginning of the night, it was all about the Spartans.
Monument Mountain celebrated a coach and three standout athletes from its past -- Stephen Piazzo, Matthew McMenamy, Jennifer Twiss and Sarah Mead -- with induction in the school’s athletic Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony.
Perhaps inspired by the accomplishments of their predecessors, the current Spartans jumped out to a 22-10 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Monument then started the second quarter with an 11-3 run that ended when Brown fed Goffin in the post to make it 33-13 with just more than five minutes left in the first half.
Soon after, Brown picked up his third foul of the game, opening the door a crack for Wahconah.
“Certainly, that was a big moment,” Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher said. “My message was simple in my timeouts: We had to get it under 10 before the half. I really felt that was the key, and we were down nine at the half.
“I set that as the expectation because I really felt like: They’re at home, they made some tough shots early. We’ve got to weather the storm. Against a good team, on their home court, they’re going to make runs. And they made a heck of a run in the first half.”
Hescock scored with an assist from O’Connor to start a 19-8 run for Wahconah to the end of the half.
O’Connor had another assist, Huban scored a pair of buckets, and Hescock (15 points, 10 rebounds) scored the last four points for Wahconah to make it 41-32 in the locker room.
“That third foul is a big call,” Koldys said. “The referees did a great job tonight. It was a hard game to referee.
“When they make that call, that puts us in a little different spot. … One of the things we need to do a better job of is playing without Dion if he does get in foul trouble and have a little more confidence in ourselves and do some things we need to do offensively when he’s not in the game.”
Wahconah rode the momentum of its second-quarter rally to storm out of the locker room with eight straight points, getting within one at 41-40 when Griffin Salvini (nine points) drove the right wing with 5:30 left in the third.
Brown hit a triple to end the 8-0 run, and Monument righted the ship, getting up by seven when Brown set up Gidarakos (10 points) in transition to make it 56-49 with about a minute left in the third.
But Salvini scored with an assist from O’Connor and got the and-one with 34 seconds left, and Huban scored to get Wahconah within two, 56-54, after three quarters.
Monument Mountain’s biggest lead of the fourth was five points when Hanavan set up Nicholas Robbins (nine points) for a basket to make it 63-58.
But moments later, Huban drove the lane to cut that lead back to three, and a bucket from Hescock made it 63-62, setting the stage for Huban to score his 999th point and give Wahconah its first lead since the opening minute of the game.
Signficantly, eight of Huban’s 10 fourth-quarter points -- including the milestone free throw -- came as the result of him going hard to the basket.
“That’s his game,” Belcher said. “He’s dangerous off the bounce, and he’s a good free throw shooter. He’s certainly made some big 3s for us this year, but it was kind of cool to see him get it that way, absolutely.”
Wahconah (10-3) will look to improve its tournament seed starting with Tuesday’s home game against Drury.
Monument Mountain (9-5) goes to Lee on Friday in search of its 10th win and a ticket to the tournament.