Old Mill’s Gavin Salmond Hits Buzzer Beater to Spoil Arundel’s Undefeated Season
Capitol Hoops has been hearing a lot about an undefeated Arundel team for some time now so it was time to go up to Millersville, Maryland and check them out. Arundel was playing at Old Mill who entered Tuesday night’s showdown on a 10 game winning streak. Arundel entered the game perfect at 20-0. Something had to give.
Old Mill got out to a sensational start, dominating the ball on both sides. At the half they held a 10 point advantage. But Arundel was to be heard from. Arundel went on 22-7 run spanning the third quarter that turned the tides and gave Arundel a 46-43 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Old Mill would not lead for a single second in the decisive quarter but they did come away with an incredible victory on a Gavin Salmond buzzer-beater that hit the net as the buzzer sounded. Salmond scored six unanswered points in the final 45 seconds to pull off the upset.
Old Mill trailed by four points with one minute remaining and Arundel would miss the front end of three one and one’s in the final minute to leave the door open. Old mill’s Miles Baker got a steal with 50 seconds left and a Gavin Salmond layup would cut the lead to two. After an Arundel missed free throw Old Mill penetrated through the lane and Davon Jackson drew a foul with 17 seconds remaining. Jackson would miss a pair of free throws but Old Mill’s Antourn Blackman grabbed an offensive rebound. Salmond would draw another foul and step up to the line with 13 seconds left trailing by two. He would sink both free throws and tie the game.
After a timeout Arundel’s Darien Bryant missed a jumper with five seconds left. Old Mill would not elect to use a time-out. Instead they would inbound the ball to Salmond and he would race down the floor. As he got across half court he had no defenders in front of him. His defender was trailing him and no one got in front of him to defend the basket. Salmond, a right hander, drove right down the lane and as a late defender came to help, he switched the ball to his left hand and layed the ball in as time expired. Hundreds rushed the court and mayhem erupted. Salmond was in tears after the game, he did what no other opponent could do to Arundel this year. And he extended Old Mill’s winning streak to 11.
Arundel was led by David Nicholson and Austin Carroll who had 16 and 15 respectively. They combined for seven 3-pointers. But the night belonged to Salmond. Watch out in the Maryland State playoffs. Old Mill is hot!