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Bredahl Scores Game-High 23 Points for Chatham in Group 3 State Final Boys Basketball Loss to Nottingham at the RAC

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Mac Bredahl scores on a reverse layup for Chatham in the third quarter Credits: Glenn Clark
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Mac Bredahl clears a rebound for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
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Daniel Baker battles underneath for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
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Jack Rooney launches a 3-pointer for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
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Ryan Doherty grabs a rebound for the Cougars Credits: Glenn Clark
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Mac Bredahl rises to the basket for Chatham on the break Credits: Glenn Clark
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Ryan Doherty puts up the on-hander for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
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Chatham guard Jack Rooney makes a baseline pass Credits: Glenn Clark
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Mac Bredahl completes his drive to the basket for the Cougars Credits: Glenn Clark
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Mac Bredahl handles the ball for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
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Mac Bredahl finishes the left-handed drive to the basket for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
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Jack Rooney puts up a 3-pointer from the top of the key Credits: Glenn Clark
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Daniel Baker controls the rebound for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
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Mac Bredahl looks for the referee to make the call after his drive to the basket for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
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Cougar Nation came to support Chatham at the RAC Credits: Glenn Clark
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Mac Bredahl hits a 3-pointer as Kastro Montana of Nottingham makes a face that tell the story Credits: Glenn Clark
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Chatham guard Jack Rooney with the jumper Credits: Glenn Clark
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Chris Conlin scores on this drive for Chatham in the fourth quarter Credits: Glenn Clark
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Jack Rooney drives the lane for two points in the fourth quarter for Chatham Credits: Glenn Clark
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Chatham seniors, l to r, Chris Conlin, Dan Baker, Mac Bredahl and Jack Rooney in post-game press conference at the Rutgers Athletic Center on Sunday Credits: Glenn Clark
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PISCATAWAY, NJ - Chatham's special boys basketball season came to an end on Sunday with a 60-53 loss to Nottingham in the NJSIAA Group 3 state final at the Rutgers Athletic Center.

But the loss didn't change anything. The 2017-'18 season for this Chatham team was still special, as the over-achieving Cougars won their conference, a third straight Morris County Tournament championship, a state sectional championship and went toe-to-toe with a very talented Nottingham squad in the state final.

Chatham senior guards Mac Bredahl and Jack Rooney scored 23 and 16 points, respectively, but it wasn't enough to keep pace with Nottingham (29-2), which shot 58 percent from the floor in the game, hitting seven of eight shots in the final quarter.

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Mac Bredahl talks about the second half in the post-game press conference

Chatham (27-6) trailed, 27-18, at the half and opened the third quarter with a 14-6 surge to pull within one point. Bredahl sparked the run by hitting a pull-up jumper and then fed Daniel Baker, who converted inside. Bredahl followed with a 3-pointer from up top (see below).

Nottingham boosted its lead to 33-25 before Andrew Bergman scored off a feed from Ryan Doherty (see video), Rooney drained a 3-pointer from the corner on an inbound pass from Doherty (see video) and Bredahl drove to score on a reverse layup (see video) to slice the deficit to 33-32 with 2:31 left in the third.

But the Northstars scored two baskets to end the third quarter with a 37-32 lead and, after Rooney drained a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 44-39 with 5:46 showing in the fourth quarter, Nottingham got a big 3-pointer from Darrell Johnson (20 points) to pull away.

Still, Chatham never gave up, managing to get within six points, 58-52, on a 3-pointer by Doherty (see video below) in the final minute.

Chatham had to battle for every point in this game and that was likely the difference as Cougar coach Todd Ervin explains in the post-game press conference.

Rooney and Bredahl offer their thoughts on the game and the season.

COUGAR NOTES: Mac Bredahl scored a game-high 23 points, hitting 9-of-16 shots from the floor (56 percent). He also had two rebounds, two assists, and three steals ... Chatham shot 20 for 56 from the field in the game, 35.7 percent, compared to Nottingham's 21-for-36 showing - 58.3 percent ... Rooney hit three 3-pointers in scoring 16 points, pushing his career point total to 1,424 points, which is No. 1 on Chatham's boys scoring chart ... Rooney also had three assists and two steals ... Chris Conlin led Chatham with 9 rebounds and Baker ended with six rebounds, a block, a steal and an assist ... The Cougars forced 14 turnovers and committed nine.

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