MORRISTOWN, NJ – Whenever there is a classic finish to a basketball game, one team needs to draw the short end of the stick.
Unfortunately for the Morristown boys basketball team, it was them on Tuesday evening.
A wild final 20 seconds of play ended with nifty Chatham sophomore guard Mac Bredahl driving coast-to-coast and finishing off a lay-up in the game’s dying seconds to give the Cougars a 48-47 victory over the Colonials. The heartbreaking loss drops Morristown’s overall record to 11-4, and 2-3 in the NJAC-United Division.
“I think this was a game between two highly competitive basketball teams,” said Colonials coach Bill Connolly, “aa tough loss, but certainly a great twenty seconds of play to watch if you’re a basketball fan.”
The madness began with Jason Blanco putting back a Kevin Hoehn missed three-pointer for a layup to cut Chatham’s lead down to one at 46-45. On the ensuing inbounds, Chatham coach Todd Ervin was forced to call two timeouts, as the five second clock nearly expired on the visitors.
On the third inbounds sequence, Hoehn came up with a steal in the paint, but was whistled for a questionable double-dribble call, once again giving Chatham (11-5) an in-bounds play.
Then, on the fourth of a seemingly endless situation with the Cougars possessing under the Morristown net, the Colonials finally did get a five second call. From there, Luke Haralampoudis—who shared game-high scoring honors with Hoehn at 17 points—nailed a fifteen-foot jumper from the foul line with 2ight seconds left to give the home team a short-lived 47-46 lead.
The game’s grand finale is appropriate given how the first three quarters went: evenly matched. Morristown jumped off to a 13-8 lead after with the battery of Hoehn and Haralampoudis doing the damage on the scoresheet.
After Chatham rallied with a 16-11 second quarter to even things at the half, the Cougars began to feed the ball to big man Graham LeMon in the third quarter. LeMon—a 6-6 center—scored all 10 of his points in an eleven-minute span to lead his squad in scoring.
Morristown—no longer in position to garner a top two seed in the North 1, Group 4 sectiona bracket—can still secure a top four seed in the state tournament should it get by Jefferson on Thursday night.