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Jesuit roars back from 17-point deficit to win Avery title
Three free throws with 2 seconds remaining cap furious comeback victory over Carrollton Creekview
PLANO — The last free throw for Don Udofia, the one that sealed the remarkable comeback, barely touched the rim and fell through. Jesuit 61, Carrollton Creekview 60.
With two seconds left and Jesuit down 60-58, Udofia was fouled on a 3-pointer. He made the first, rattled in the second and got the third. Jesuit came back from a 17-point first quarter deficit to win the Plano Avery Air Invitational on Thursday.
The last play was designed to go inside to J.D. Waggoner, but it broke down. That left Udofia open behind the 3-point line, where he was fouled. He wasn’t exactly looking forward to the free throws.
“It’s not that pretty,” Udofia said when describing his stroke from the foul line.
But the result was pretty, just like the entire fourth quarter for Jesuit.
In the fourth quarter, three consecutive 3-pointers brought Jesuit within six at 52-46. A quick Creekview turnover then led to a Steven Spieth free throw, and when Udofia made a layup, Jesuit trailed 52-49.
With 36 seconds left and Creekview ahead 39-36, it turned the ball over after Jared Johnson forced a jump ball. Bryan Stankey then scored to make it 59-58. After one free throw from Justin Johnson, Jesuit faced the 60-58 deficit and got the free throws from Udofia.
In the beginning, Carrollton Creekview could do nothing wrong. Everything its players put up seemed destined to fall through the hoop including a fadeaway four-point play by Stephen Buckner.
Udofia said Jesuit made too many excuses in the beginning and was not prepared after playing a game earlier in the day. But the inside play of Waggoner and Spieth, who was named tournament MVP, and solid shooting from Udofia and Stankey brought Jesuit back, all the way to the end.
Rowlett 63, Plano 58: Despite making only two field goals in the fourth quarter, Rowlett held on from the foul line to defeat Plano and take third place in the Plano Avery Air Invitational.
Plano, which trailed 50-41 after three quarters, pulled within four multiple times down the stretch of the game. In the fourth quarter, Malcom Mann and Austin Mitchell each had six for the Wildcats.
But Rowlett got help from Jeffrey Carroll. Carroll, who finished with 11 points, made all four of his free throw attempts in the fourth quarter. Albert Coleman led Rowlett in scoring with 18, and Nathan Hawkins had 14.