Gonzaga wins double OT Classic and Captures 2015 WCAC Championship
This game will be talked about for a long, long, time. So many clutch plays.
There’s Prentis Hubb and his run of 9 points in the fourth quarter.
There’s Chris Lykes who just hit shot after shot after shot, and the moment was never to big.
There’s Sam Miller, perhaps the MVP (or Lykes) who stepped up in the clutch, doing a lot of work in the over-time sessions.
There’s Bryant Crawford, who racked up the assists, hit a huge 3 in double-OT, and played tenacious defense all night.
On the other side DeMatha’s Markelle Fultz and DJ Harvey did what they have been doing all year, leading their team in scoring, hit big shots, get big dunks that got their team going, and played tough D for 40 minutes tonight.
Seniors Thomas Bruce, Terrell Allen, and Jaelin Grant continued what they’ve been doing for four years as well. Gritty play, defensive minded, and doing everything Coach Jones asks of them.
ONTO the game
Right off the get-go DeMatha didn’t look sharp. They missed their first six FG’s, had three of them blocked, and one was an air-ball. Then, as if it couldn’t get any worse, Markelle Fultz picked up his second personal at the 5:59 mark in the first quarter.
Once Fultz went to the bench things started to click for the Stags, and they found themselves tied with Gonzaga after 1 at 16-16. In the second quarter Gonzaga built an eight point lead in the quarter, but DeMatha would fight back, and at the half the Eagles led 31-29.
DeMatha was gunning for their 40th WCAC championship in school history, while Gonzaga (who has the second most WCAC championships) was aiming for their sixth.
In the third quarter DeMatha turned it up on both ends, coming out of the gate on an 8-0 run and a 14-2 run overall. DeMatha would get the biggest lead of the game, a 13 point advantage when junior Nate Darling hit his only 3-ball of the game, a transition bucket 30 seconds into the fourth quarter.
After that it was Prentiss Hubb (2018) time for Gonzaga. The freshman scored nine points in less then a minute and the tides were turned once again. With 3:55 left in the fourth Chris Lykes drained a triple that tied the score.
At the end of regulation, Gonzaga had the ball with the shot clock off. Chris Lykes caught DeMatha off guard and streaked towards the bucket for a pull up seven footer with eight seconds left. Everyone in the gym was sure Gonzaga would hold for the last shot. The shot rimmed out and all of a sudden DeMatha was on a fast break with DJ Harvey streaking past the entire Gonzaga defense. As Harvey was going up for an easy dunk, Bryant Crawford came out of no where and fouled Harvey. With 3.0 on the clock and the score a draw, Harvey missed both free throws and it was time for bonus basketball.
It was DeMatha’s first over-time game of the year. In the OT Markelle Fultz set the pace early, but it was Gonzaga’s Sam Miller who hit a monster three to tie the game with 39 seconds left. DeMatha had the ball with a 1.1 second differential between game and shot clock and DeMatha senior point guard Terrell Allen ran the game clock all the way down to four seconds, before dishing to DeMatha’s fifth option, Jaelin Grant who was squared up for a base-line 3. Upon receiving the pass, Grant made the mistake of trying to dribble, before he shot and in doing so the shot clock ran out and Gonzaga was awarded the ball 78 feet away from their bucket with 1.1 on the clock. Bryant Crawford’s heave would be no good, and we entered double OT.
In the second over-time all three of Gonzaga’s first team all WCAC members, Chris Lykes, Sam Miller, and then Bryant Crawford all hit 3s to open the quarter. And then Lykes got an old fashioned 3-point play. At that point, it was all but over. Gonzaga would end up taking home the hardware, with a 77-68 win.
With the loss DeMatha continues it’s longest streak in school history without winning a WCAC Championship. With the win Steve Turner whose in his 11th year at the helm for Gonzaga wins their 6th WCAC chip in school history.
Check out the highlights of this game provided by Capitol Hoops and if interested a DVD can be purchased of this fantastic championship game.