Senior Artiz Bronson drilled a three point shot with 8 seconds left to give ALA GN an improbable 56-55 comeback victory in a crucial 3A Metro West game Friday night.
Both teams found it hard to find their rhythm early as multiple traveling and illegal screen calls slowed the game down. With second place in the Metro West race at stake the game was back and forth all night with each team taking their turn at leading.
ALA GN leading scorer Matt Ohlund fouled out on a mystery call with just over a minute left and ACP looked in control. Gilbert North, however, refused to quit and when Andres Barnes scored on a slashing layup with just under a minute left to cut the Knights lead to one the momentum seemed to be swinging back in the Eagles favor. This is when things got crazy. An Eagle foul at half court in the double bonus, a technical foul on ALA’s bench and the Knights ball out of bounds led to a six point outburst by the Knights as they went six for six from the line to seemingly put the game out of reach, leading by 7 with 35 seconds left. ALA responded again as Andres Barnes got to the hoop for an “and one” and cut the lead to four. A quick foul by ALA sent the Knights to the line where they only converted one of two. After some situational substitutions, reserve Spencer “Stone Cold” Ferguson came in knocked down a huge three from the corner to cut the lead to two. Once again a quick foul sent the Knights to the line where, improbably, they missed both. An Eagles time out with 13 seconds left gave ALA the ball with a chance to tie or win the game. Barnes brought the ball upcourt and kicked out to the right wing where he found Artiz Bronson, who calmly hit the game winning shot. ACP had four seconds left and managed to get a shot off but it was off the mark.
With the win, ALA moves to 4-2 in the conference and 7-4 overall. ACP drops to 3-3 and 5-7. ALA has four games left on their schedule. They will play next at Odyssey Institute on Feb 23 at 7pm.
The top 16 teams in 3A will advance to the state tournament which begins March 10th. Currently our Eagles are ranked 12th.