On Saturday afternoon, Dec. 11, the Crusaders faced the Admirals of Arlington High School for the championship of the Rich Bosco Memorial basketball tournament.
The game, played at Suffern High school, featured the Admirals with a 2-1 record who beat Albertus Magnus 65-40 to reach the final, and the 3-1 Crusaders who got past Suffern 48-37 to join them.
The Admirals jumped out to a 18-11 first quarter lead and looked strong.
But in the second quarter the Crusaders kept chipping away at the Admirals’ lead.
Crusader Jeremiah Arne kept the game close by scoring eight points as they cut the Admiral lead to 30-26 at the half.
In the third quarter Cameron Spears came out and knocked down three three-point shots and the Crusaders kept getting a little closer. They were behind 43-42 as the quarter ended.
In the fourth quarter the lead changed hands and Matthew Omitiran’s six points contributed to the Crusaders’ come back.
With six seconds and the Admirals taking the ball out from under their basket with a one-point lead, it looked like the game was over.
That’s when Tyace Thompson provided a holiday miracle. He made leaping inception of the Admirals’ inbound pass and hit Spears with a quick pass.
Spears’ jumper caromed off the rim but Thompson grabbed the rebound and put up a last-second shot.
The buzzer sounded as the ball dropped through the hoop.
His basket gave the Crusaders a 54-53 victory and set off a team celebration.
The buzzer-beater win brings the Crusaders’ record to 4-1 on the season. Their next game was schedule for Dec. 15 in Kingston to take on the Tigers.
- William Dimmit