Stone boys edge St. Charles on McCrae’s last-sec­ond FTs

McCrae nails two clutch free throws to give Stone 1-point win over St. Charles

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

With 8.3 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion, Thomas Stone’s Dono­van McCrae missed the front end of a one-and-one op­por­tuni- ty at the free-throw line with his boys bas­ket­ball team trail­ing Wed­nes­day night’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Divi­sion con­test ver­sus vis­it­ing St. Charles, 51-50.

How­ever, the se­nior guard would get a chance to redeem him­self with one-half of one sec­ond re­main­ing af­ter he was fouled by 6-foot-5 for­ward Sean Pat­ter­son while driv- ing to the bas­ket.

With the pres­sure on, McCrae was clutch, calmly sink­ing both free throws as the Cougars de­liv­ered with the 52-51 vic­tory over the Spar­tans in Wal­dorf.

“In prac­tice we work on sit­u­a­tions where we have to make pres­sure free throws,” said McCrae, who fin­ished with five points in the game. “We came up big on de­fense and got steals in the last two min­utes and we didn’t give up.”

On the call that put McCrae at the line with a half-sec­ond re­main­ing, Stone head coach Dale Lam­berth said, “It was a very gutsy call by the ref­eree and from where I was stand­ing when Dono­van dou­ble-clutched [Pat- ter­son] didn’t bring his hand back. And any­time your hand comes down most likely you a foul is called.”

St. Charles head coach Brett Camp­bell felt that the call was ques­tion­able, but didn’t im­pact the over- all out­come of the game.

“Their guy drove and jumped into one of our guys and the call was made. It is what it is,” Camp­bell said. “We had a chance to put the game away and we just didn’t ex­e­cute at the end.”

Stone (8-4, 2-2 SMAC Po­tomac), which suf­fered back-to back divi­sion losses to Lackey and West­lake last week, snapped St. Charles’ four-game win streak.

“All the close games that we’ve been in this year we weren’t rat­tled and no one was down. We were al­ready in a dog­fight with Lackey and West­lake,” Lam­berth said. “So the guys did a great job of re­spond­ing and mak­ing key stops on de­fense.”

Stone trailed 46-44

PHOTO BY WAL­LACE BAR­RON

Thomas Stone’s Gary Grant and Shiloh Beale of St. Charles bat­tles for a loose ball in Wed­nes­day night’s SMAC Po­tomac Divi­sion boys bas­ket­ball con­test. Grant scored 21 points as Stone edged St. Charles, 52-51.

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