For Heritage Academy, make that every tenth of a second.
Chris Harrell hit a free throw with one-tenth of a second left to hand for a 62-61 victory to hand the Lions their first MDCC loss.
“It was a pressure situation and Chris was able to come through,” said Heritage coach Mike Kidd. “We were just saying that we’ve got to get out of here with the ball. We did not want to go to overtime.”
The game was tied at 58 with less than two minutes left to play when Cisco Silva scored to put Broadfording (15-5, 6-1) up by two. Bryce Nigh came back to tie the game for Heritage (9-1, 6-1) on his only bucket of the fourth quarter.
Mawdo Sallah hit one of two free throws after being fouled by Ben Cosner to put the Lions up 61-60 before Silva committed his fifth foul on Harrell, putting him on the line with 14 seconds left to play. Harrell hit one of two free throws to tie the game back up at 61.
Moni Anderson rebounded Harrell’s missed free throw for the Lions and kicked the ball out to Isaiah Daniels, who missed the layup. Sallah missed the putback, allowing Harrell to grab the rebound with four seconds remaining. Harrell was fouled from behind by Anderson to go to the line for the chance to win the game at the line.
“When I was going up the court I was trying to check the clock and next thing you know the referee is telling me to get to the line for the one and one,” said Harrell.
“I took a deep breath and said a little prayer to God when I got to the line. My teammates told me they wouldn’t want anyone else taking that shot.”
Harrell shot lights out the whole game, hitting seven field goals — including five from beyond the arc — and five of his 11 free throws for a game-high 24 points.
“We told him that if he gets an open shot he’s got to take it and he shot very well tonight,” said Kidd.
Broadfording went into halftime nursing a 37-35 lead, thanks in large part to 15 of Sallah’s team-leading 20 points. Sallah also had a game-high 26 rebounds.
However, the Lions were outscored by Heritage 17-9 in the third quarter, giving the Eagles a 52-46 lead heading into the final period. From there, neither team was able to secure a lead over four points.
The Lions were also in foul trouble for the majority of the game — committing 21 fouls to the Eagles’ 10 — which gave Heritage 29 shots from the charity stripe.
“They shot 29 foul shots, we shot nine. It was a very physical game on both ends of the court,” said Broadfording coach Bernie Clutz. “Beyond that, we played no defense in the first half. We also literally begged our team to attack the basket and we didn’t do that until the fourth quarter.”
Alex Cosner had a 21-point, 15-rebound double-double for Heritage. Nigh and Ben Cosner each added six points.
Anderson had 14 points and Silva had 10 points and nine rebounds for Broadfording.
Heritage Academy 62, Broadfording 61
HERITAGE ACADEMY (9-1, 6-1)
Orjuela 3, Nigh 6, Patey 2, A. Cosner 21, Harrell 24, B. Cosner 6. Totals 21 15-29 62.
BROADFORDING CHRISTIAN (15-5, 6-1)
Anderson 14, Daniels 6, Price 2, B. Cradduck 2, Silva 10, Sallah 20, Jackson 7. Totals 28 3-9 61.
Heritage 16 19 17 10 — 62
Broadfording 22 15 9 15 — 61
3-point goals – Heritage 5 (Harrell 5), Broadfording 2 (Anderson 2). Fouled out — Price, Silva.