A tight game against Waubonsie Valley went in Metea Valleys favor this time around.
After falling to the Warriors 62-61 on a Brandon Malby buzzer-beater last January, the Mustangs were in a similar position Saturday evening, again inside their opponents gym.
Metea Valley held a 49-48 lead with 10 seconds to go, but Waubonsie Valley held possession. Coming out of a timeout, the Warriors had three good looks at the basket after an inbounds play. Bryan Jefferson missed on a baseline jumper, Jared Brownridge was unable to connect on the rebound tip-in and Matt Gialamas short jumper in the lane was off target as the buzzer sounded, sealing Metea Valleys 49-48 victory.
Those last 10 seconds lasted like two minutes, Metea Valley coach Bob Vozza said. Thats the way a high school game should end with 10 people on the floor scrambling.
The win was the Mustangs fifth in a row, while Waubonsie Valley fell to 6-4 on the year (2-3 in the Upstate Eight Valley).
We had three offensive rebounds and we played hard in that last possession, but we just couldnt get the ball to fall, Waubonsie Valley coach Steve Weemer said. We didnt lose the game because we didnt score there. Our guys have to understand that we have a small margin for error and weve got to play every possession like we did the last one.
The Mustangs (6-4, 4-1) took a 7-4 lead in the first quarter on a 3-pointer by Sean Davis and never let the Warriors overtake them the rest of the game.
The closest Waubonsie Valley got was a 37-37 tie on a turnaround lay-in by Bryan Jefferson with 6:40 to go in the game.
The Warriors were down by one on four occasions in the final six minutes, including twice in the final 38 seconds.
When Metea Valleys Bryson Oliver connected on a basket underneath with 45 seconds left, he gave the Mustangs a 47-43 lead, but the Warriors werent finished.
Waubonsie Valleys Jay Dehaan followed with a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left that cut the Metea Valley lead to 47-46.
Vin Patel then put the Mustangs up 49-46 with a pair of free throws.
On the ensuing possession Brownridge sliced through the lane with a layup and foul, cutting the deficit to 49-48. He missed the free throw, grabbed his own rebound and tried a putback but was blocked out of bounds by Metea Valleys Hayden Barnard with 16 seconds left.
The Warriors eventually let the clock run down another six seconds before calling timeout and setting up the final play.