The Cleveland Varsity Boys basketball team managed to pull off a victory over the Wilson Trojans on Wednesday, Jan 4. The final score of the game was 49-45, with Cleveland coming back from down one in the final 12 seconds.
The leading scorer for the Warriors was junior Sethon Moore, scoring 14 points. However, in order to get the ball back for Cleveland, Moore fouled out with 12 seconds left and Cleveland down one. Junior Maleek Elmi went to the line with the chance to put Wilson up by three, but he missed both free throws.
With eight seconds left down one, Cleveland took a timeout. Junior Rowan Anderson got the ball out of the timeout and very nearly went over and back, which would have been a turnover. “I thought I had gone over and back there,” said Anderson.
It wasn’t called and Anderson dribbled up and pulled up over two defenders in a straight on three-point attempt. Swish.
“I thought it was an air ball when I shot it,” Anderson confessed.
The Trojans took a timeout and then they threw the ball away with two seconds left. Inbounding the length of the court, senior Zach Notti baseball threw it full court to Conor Bergin, senior, who turned on the jets to get the ball and got fouled with 0.9 seconds on the clock.
“I thought I had overthrown it, but Conor turned it on and got to the ball,” said Notti. Bergin calmly sank both free throws to give Cleveland a four-point lead and the victory.