Wild end to Stillwater/Johnson

So Stillwater is down 6 with about 20 seconds or so to go. Johnson makes a defensive mistake and gives up a 3 to Aaron Anderson to make it 62-59 Johnson. After a timeout, Johnson gets called for an illegal screen. Johnson had run the exact same inbound play about 20 seconds earlier and the same kid set the same illegal screen. Huge props to the Stillwater staff for getting the refs on this one as it was absolutely the correct call. But its an offensive foul so Stillwater gets the ball out, no bonus FTs. After 10 seconds of not being able to get a shot, Anderson runs into a kid and draws the blocking foul (either way kind of call on a dribble handoff.). He calmly drains the 2 FTs with under 10 seconds to go. 62-61 Johnson. Stillwater comes with a full-court diamond press and Johnson throws the ball away in front of their bench with 5.2 seconds to go. Stillwater's ball at 3 quarter court. Out of Stillwater's final timeout, Johnson goes to an extended 1-2-2. Stillwater gets nothing on the inbound, Paul Franklin gets the ball in the backcourt, dribbles under pressure across the timeline on the right wing and has to heave it from there as time is running out. Down the hatch it goes at the horn, we've got pandemonium and Stillwater steals one 64-62.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks TC HoopsCzar -- I was at the game and I couldn't have described that finish any better. That's a lot to happen in 20 seconds. As you stated, the moving pick was huge and noted the first time by coaches and fans. The second one I saw and was so obvious that the refs couldn't miss it again. That is a game both teams learn from, how to win and how to lose. Keep up the good reviews, I love following the teams/kids you write about.

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  2. Hi armo, glad you enjoy the blog. It was a wild 20 seconds. Johnson playing without Darnell Cox inside was a factor too as he may have had a chance to use his bulk to play Joel Armstrong.

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  3. Have you heard when Cox is coming back? They could use his size in the upcoming holiday tournament at St. Thomas

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  4. No idea, I had warning before the game that he wouldn't play but I don't have any information as to why or if it was more than a 1 game situation.

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