But only Scott City was able to bask in the thrill of victory.
It was probably fitting that the teams hooked up in a thrilling affair that had fans of each squad on the edge of their seats.
The host Rams saw a 15-point lead disappear as they fell behind by seven points in the fourth quarter before rallying back for a 73-67 overtime triumph.
"Holy cow," were the first words out of Scott City coach Mark Dannenmueller's mouth when he spoke with reporters afterward.
Holy cow indeed.
Scott City (8-6), which never trailed in the first three quarters, looked like it would coast to an easy win when it built a 30-15 advantage late in the opening half. It was 32-19 at the break.
"We just didn't come out with the effort or fight. Every 50-50 ball, they got," Chaffee coach Josh Govreau said of his club's first-half performance. "I let them know about it [at halftime]."
Govreau said the Red Devils (8-5) didn't change up anything strategically in the second half.
"Same things we were doing the first half. ... we just woke up," Govreau said.
In a big way.
Chaffee outscored Scott City 22-10 in the third quarter and sent its large group of supporters into a frenzy when junior Jimmy Golden drilled a 3-pointer and was fouled with 1 minute, 18 seconds left in the period.
Golden's free throw pulled the Red Devils within 42-41, which was the score entering the fourth quarter.
"I think we came out a little sluggish and they came out ready to go," Scott City senior Ryan Brock said of what caused the third-quarter turnaround.
Chaffee senior Jared Walker's jumper 15 seconds into the final period put the Red Devils up 43-42. It was their first lead of the game after they had only been tied once previously, at 2-2.
The Red Devils kept surging and built a 51-44 advantage on a steal and layup by junior Layton Tenkhoff with just under six minutes left.
"I guess we thought we were on top. ... they hit us on the nose and we didn't respond to it," Scott City senior Jonathan McFall said of Chaffee's huge comeback.
The Rams regained a 54-53 lead on a 3-pointer by McFall with 2:06 remaining.
McFall, who had 10 fourth-quarter points, put Chaffee in a bigger hole when he drove for a layup, was fouled and hit the free throw for a 57-53 advantage at the 1:41 mark.
Then it was Chaffee's turn to battle back -- which didn't surprise Dannenmueller.
"They're not big, they're not tall but they're scrappy. They play so hard," Dannenmueller said.
A layup by junior Charlie Montgomery with 42 seconds left pulled Chaffee within 58-57 before Scott City freshman Trent Pobst hit two free throws with 30 seconds left for a 60-57 lead.
Walker answered by nailing a 3-pointer from the corner with 12 seconds to play for a 60-60 tie. A 3-pointer by Scott City was well off the mark at the buzzer, forcing overtime.
There were two ties and two lead changes in the four-minute extra period.
Chaffee led 67-64 after two Walker free throws with 1:47 left but Brock hit two foul shots and then deposited a layup at the 1:04 mark as Scott City surged back ahead 68-67.
The Red Devils, down 69-67, had the ball when a Ram who scored just one point turned in the defensive play of the night.
Junior Eric Uhrhan made a diving interception along the sideline of a Chaffee pass that he had deflected. He was able to call timeout with 16 seconds left before he might have slid out of bounds.
"Give credit to him. It was the biggest play of the game by far," Brock said.
Said a beaming Dannenmueller: "That dive by Eric. ... I have been pleading with the kids and pleading with the kids, just sell out. Eric did. That's the happiest I've been all year."
Brock's two free throws with 13 seconds left put Scott City up 71-67 and Pobst rounded out the scoring by making a pair of foul shots with five seconds remaining.
Scott City scored 11 of its 13 overtime points from the free-throw line, missing just once. Brock was 5 of 6 and McFall 4 of 4.
"We made our free throws. That was probably the biggest part of the game," Brock said after the Rams were 25 of 32 from the charity stripe.
Chaffee was just 7 of 17 from the line, including 3 of 6 in overtime. The Red Devils also hurt themselves by missing all four of their fourth-quarter free throws, including two front ends of one-and-one opportunities.
Brock, at 6-foot-5 by far the tallest player on the court -- Chaffee's tallest player is 6-1 -- led all scorers with 27 points.
McFall was close behind with 23 points and senior Ryan Fortner added 11 for the Rams.
"I was proud of the kids," Dannenmueller said. "They just kept playing. So many times we could have given in, especially after they went ahead by seven points."
The Rams also had to overcome the loss of senior Jesse Sanders, who suffered a broken nose after being fouled going to the basket in the second quarter.
Sanders returned to play some in the second half but was not himself and sat out the entire overtime.
"When your leading scorer goes out. ... we had everybody contribute," Dannenmueller said. "Two or three weeks ago we wouldn't have won this game. We just found a way."
Sophomore Peyton Montgomery paced Chaffee with 21 points. Junior Charlie Montgomery had 14 and Walker added 12.
"That team is good," Dannenmueller said in admiration.
But on this night Scott City was just a bit better.
CHAFFEE (67) -- Peyton Montgomery 21, Cody Johnson 3, Layton Tenkhoff 8, Jared Walker 12, Jimmy Golden 7, Charlie Montgomery 14, Trevor Morehead 2. FG 28, FT 7-17, F 25. (3-pointers: P. Montgomery 1, Johnson 1, Walker 1, Golden 1. Fouled out: Walker, Golden)
SCOTT CITY (73) -- Eric Uhrhan 1, Trent Pobst 4, Jesse Sanders 7, Jonathan McFall 23, Ryan Fortner 11, Ryan Brock 27. FG 23, FT 25-32, F 18. (3-pointers: McFall 2. Fouled out: Fortner)
JV -- Scott City 61, Chaffee 56, 3 OT.