MORRISTOWN, NJ - Even up close, it was hard to keep track of Mac Bredahl as he sped up court to score the winning basket for Chatham with two seconds left.
"I saw Mac get the ball, he's so quick," Chatham senior forward Graham LeMon said. "I tried to run somewhere and stand still so he could run his guy off me, but I don't know if he came close to me, he was so fast. I turned my head and the ball went in."
Morristown held a one-point lead with 6.9 seconds left before the Cougars in-bounded the ball under their own basket to Bredahl, who raced to the basket, used a cross-over dribble to get by his man and flew in for a layup (see video) that gave Chatham a 48-47 victory on Tuesday night.
Luke Haralampoudis had hit a clutch jumper with eight seconds showing to give Morristown (11-4) a 47-46 edge. During the ensuing timeout, the plan was made to give the ball to Bredahl.
"That was it," Chatham coach Todd Ervin said. "Mac take it, Big (LeMon) set a screen up top and Mac just go full speed. He has to kick it to one of the corners for a shot or take it all the way."
Mac Bredahl talks about his winning basket that dropped in with two seconds left for Chatham
Chatham was clinging to a 44-43 lead when Bredahl went to the line and missed the front end of a one-and-one situation. He got another chance at the line with 30 seconds to go and sank both free throws for a 46-43 advantage.
Bredahl scored four of his eight points in the last 30 seconds of the game and the 6-6 LeMon scored all 10 of his points over the final two quarters, including six in the fourth quarter.
"It feels good," LeMon said. "My teammates were giving me confidence. It just feels good to come out and play better in the second half and help my team win."
Chatham (11-5) was down, 22-18, in the second quarter when Ryan Doherty and Jack Rooney hit back-to-back 3-pointers to kick-start the Cougar offense.
In the third period, the Cougars put together a 6-2 burst that gave them their biggest lead of the game at 33-29. Rooney drove the baseline for two points, LeMon scored inside off a pass from Johnny Maurer and Maurer followed with a 3-pointer off a kick-out pass from LeMon.
Senior forward John Burkard, as he did in the first meeting against Morristown, drew the assignment of guarding Colonial guard Kevin Hoehn for most of the game. Hoehn scored 17 points, but was limited to one 3-point basket. Burkard also scored eight points and made a nice over-the-shoulder pass to Kyle Kology for a basket (see video below).
"I thought Burkard did a great job on Hoehn," Ervin said. "He was exhausted at the end of that game. He really played him tough."
Chatham has worked on improving its offense and the Cougars seemed to be moving in the right direction against Morristown.
"I thought we played really well," Ervin said. "Obviously, we made some mistakes, but overall we made some strides offensively. We made some shots and got some good looks. Hopefully, good things continue."
Graham LeMon scores two of the 10 points he scored in the second half for Chatham
Kyle Kology scores on over-the-shoulder pass from John Burkard for Chatham
Chatham plays host to Mount Olive in the first round of the Morris County Tournament, 7 p.m. Saturday.