Blasted 3 PM start, this should have stayed at 1 and then I wouldn't be watching the clock. 1 of our refs shows up late and that can't be good. First look at Irondale sniper Bryan Sprang and the surprising Knights who are 8-2 in their last 10 coming in. Worth noting that Como Park was blasted by Hopkins last night while Irondale had the night off.
Como's Joe Conley and Sprang get the assignments on each other in a fun matchup. Conley with a layup before picking up his 2nd foul at 11:40 and he'll sit the rest of the half. 10-5 Como Park leads. Sprang with back to back bombs to tie it at 11 with 10:25 left in the half. Then Como Park is off on a 12-0 run. Adrian Wackett with a jumper and a 3 point play. Lefty Bennett Cooper with a jumper and triple of his own that ends the run in 2:40. Irondale's Tim Colwell with a layup out of The World's Worst Offense and a triple. That sends the game to halftime with Como Park leading 35-30.
Sprang with a 3 and a spin for 2 more and Irondale is within 3. Conley counters with a 3 point play at 16:10 to push the Cougars lead back to 43-37. Como Frosh BaJuan Adams with a tough inside 2 and a nice assist to Brandon Baker for a layup. Cougars lead 50-41 with 12:10 to go and we have an upset brewing. An Adrian Wackett drive at the 5:40 mark keeps Como Park on top 58-48. Vince Calistro with 1 of 2 freebies with 4:22 remaining to keep Irondale within 9 and there's nothing that makes you think Irondale is coming back so I'm out the door to my next game.
There's a saying on a bad foul call that the ball don't lie. If the kid misses the freebies, it must have been a bad foul call. Well, I take the hard foul (fall) on the way out the door (ice) as a message that I shouldn't have left early. Irondale comes back and wins 83-74 in overtime in a major Como Park meltdown. Sprang scores 12 of the last 25 Irondale points to finish with another big day of 39 points. Joe Conley only 5 points for Como Park. Brandon Baker comes up big with 21 points for the Cougars.