When Jordan Brydie '14 brought the ball up the court with 6 seconds left to play in regulation and the Arrows down by two, it did not look like he would have even a slight chance to score. Coming off a Tommy Pace '15 pick, Brydie was swarmed by three defenders. He spun around them, willing himself into the lane before throwing a perfect bounce pass to Matt Karpowicz '16. Karpowicz finished strong at the rim, tying the game at the buzzer and sending both the crowd and the St. Sebastian's bench into a frenzy.
The Arrows never looked back. Cheered on by a raucous Friday night home crowd, Senior Mickey Adams '13 put the team on his back, hitting one crucial free throw after another in OT. Adams turned in a masterful all-around performance, scoring on strong drives to the hoop and knocking down contested three pointers. When the final buzzer sounded, the scoreboard read 58-55, and the crowd stormed the court as the Arrows emerged victorious.
Tyson Mattox '15 turned the game around for St. Sebastian's in the second half. With the home team down 37-30, Mattox put his head down and drove to the basket, refusing to be denied. He finished the layup despite being hacked on the shoulder, and he hit the free throw to get three the hard way. After that, although the Arrows made their share of mistakes, the team stayed confident. Strong rebounding by Pace, Karpowicz, and Dan Fulham '14 kept the Arrows in the game while Adams shouldered the scoring load and Brydie handled the playmaking. Jordan Barros '15 was also instrumental in the win, hitting clutch free throws toward the end of regulation and helping St. Sebastian's break the Rivers press.
After this strong league win, St. Sebastian's heads to Phillips Andover tomorrow for a 1 pm tip-off.