Summit Boys Basketball Escapes Morristown with Win in Overtime Thriller

Credits: Tim LeCras
Credits: Tim LeCras
Credits: Tim LeCras

SUMMIT, N.J. - It took two buzzer beating shots and late free throw but the Summit boys' basketball team remains undefeated after outlasting Morristown in the boy's final of the 2nd Annual Hilltopper Hoopla Holiday Tournament on Friday.

The Hilltoppers improve to 5-0 on the season, after being seconds away from defeat three separate times over regulation and four overtime periods.

"We played very hard," Summit guard Ba'Shawn Mickens said. "We worked hard as a team. We picked it up on offense and defense. We had to stop Sean Hoehn, he's a very good player. We played good as a team."

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The Hilltoppers trailed by two points in the final 10 seconds of regulation when Mac Wiesner hit a layup with 1.0 seconds to play, sending the game to overtime.

Summit opened the first extra period with a basket from Matt Fischetti, but quickly fell behind after five consecutive points from Morristown's James Morgey.

The Colonials held their lead at three points with with 14.2 seconds to play when Michael Knight hit a three as time expired in the first overtime to tie the game and send it to a second overtime.

Mickens tallied all six points for Summit in the period, but it was Hoehn who sent the game to a third overtime when he hit a straight-away tre with 15.0 seconds left.

In the third extra frame, Ryan Sweeney hit a free throw-sized jump shot with 41.0 seconds to play to erase a two-point deficit and advance the match to a fourth overtime.

The Hilltoppers took advantage of winning the tip-off by scoring on their first possession when Kyle Crotty hit two free throws. Summit never trailed in the fourth overtime, holding Hoehn to one point in the frame to secure the victory.

"We had to go in our little goody bag at the end of the game," Mickens said. "Throw a double team at [Hoehn], get the ball out of his hands, give it back to him, force him to take a tough shot and we won the game."

Mickens led all Summit scorers with 28 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter and overtime, while Hoehn scored 30 points in Morristown's first loss of the year.

"I'm hoping we can kind of carry this over," Summit head coach David White said. "One of the things you have to do, and my athletic director [Mike Sandor] reminded me the other day, is sometimes you need to learn to win as a team, and I think the last couple of games have really been tests for us and we've done that."

Summit returns to the floor next Friday when they host David Brearley. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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