Friday, July 30, 2010

Coaches in Christ 72 Team McGladrey 67 (2 OT)

By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator

Fans witnessed the first double-overtime thriller of the summer at the Greater NC Pro-Am in the second game of the evening, as Coaches in Christ snagged the victory over Team McGladrey.

Jawad Williams dressed out for Team McGladrey and showed off his range early with a pull-up three ball in the first quarter. Coaches in Christ's Billy McDade responded on the other end with a two-hand jam, but Hayward Fan's floater at the buzzer put Team McGladrey up 18-17 after the first period.

Team McGladrey appeared to be putting the game away in the second quarter, after a Williams three ball capped an 11-0 run to put them up by 14, but Marques Oliver's three point play ended the run and sparked some life into Coaches in Christ. McDade hit a free throw later in the quarter to convert a three point play of his own, bringing his team back within seven. Fain stepped up on the other end, however, and his two successful free throw attempts with three seconds on the clock pushed Team McGladrey to a 42-32 halftime lead.

McDade scored seven points for his team in the third quarter as Coaches in Christ began to close in on the lead, but Dwayne Sims hit a pair of deep jumpers to keep a nine point lead going into the final period. In the last 10 minutes of regulation, Coaches in Christ clawed their way back into the game, and with 1:37 left, Oliver was good in completing another three point play to tie the game at 64-64. Both teams struggled at finding the basket in the closing seconds, and Fain's prayer before the buzzer fell short and Chris Hill was unable to tip in the rebound. The score remained at 64-64.


In the two minute overtime period, each team was hesitant and kept from forcing shots. At the 1:25 mark, Fain was dribbling at the top of the key when Fain stole the rock and took it to the other end for the high percentage slam. Oliver had an answer, grabbing two points down low after a pass from McDade. On the final possession of the first overtime, Fain dribbled out the clock for the final shot, but McDade rejected his attempt and the putbacks did not go. The game was forced to double overtime.

Greater NC Pro Am rules state that the first team to score five points in the second overtime is awarded the victory. Coaches in Christ's Terrence Sutton made an immediate statement with a follow-up slam to get the first two points for his team. Hill knocked down the first of two free throws for Team McGladrey after being fouled by Sutton, but Norbert Randall's basket just seconds later put Coaches in Christ just one point away from victory. Down the stretch, Team McGladrey could not find a way to score, and Oliver's tip-in bucket got the W for Coaches in Christ, 72-67.

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