Boys Basketball: Seton unable to go the distance
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media December 11, 2012 11:28PM
Updated: January 13, 2013 11:06AM
For the first 40 minutes — that’s four quarters and two overtimes — St. Ignatius sophomore Brandon Snower sat and watched his team battle Seton in a Catholic League crossover.
In the third overtime, Snower became the first substitute used by coach Rich Kehoe and the 6-foot-3 forward made the most of the opportunity. His first touch found him open just in front of the free-throw line and he tied the game at 36.
A minute later, he gave his team the lead for good after he converted two free throws and St. Ignatius pulled out a hard-fought 44-41 win.
“You have to make the most of your opportunity when you are called upon,” Snower said. “It was definitely a confidence builder.”
It was another confidence builder for the Wolfpack, who improved to 6-0 and 2-0 in the conference while handing the Sting (5-5, 2-1) its first conference loss.
Lester Larry led the Wolfpack with 17 points, while Riley Doody added 10. Christopher Seaton had 15 points to lead the Sting, while Kaml Shasi had all 10 of his points in the first quarter, including three three-pointers.
Doody’s free throw with 1:39 left in regulation forced overtime. Larry and Seaton exchanged early three-pointers in the first overtime for the only points in that period. Doody hit two free throws with 21 seconds left to force the third extra session.
“We were careless with the ball down the stretch,” said Seton coach Brandon Thomas, whose team had a chance to tie with 3.8 seconds left but committed a turnover on a pass in which nobody was within 15 feet of the ball. “Just a lack of poise from our senior guards.”
Doody and Aaron Allen each had three points in the third overtime. Seaton hit a three with 7 seconds left to pull his team to within 42-41 before Allen hit two free throws with 3.8 left.
Minnesota-bound 6-foot-8 center Alex Foster had six points and five rebounds.
“(Snower) had a great week of practice and played well in the sophomore game,” Kehoe said. “This is a confidence builder and a great success story for him.
“We saw the middle was open and we decided to get Brandon in there. They were so wide on the back line that’s why we made that move.”