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Fifty-foot heave propels Potomac Falls in triple OT

It might not have been quite the epic that the six-overtime Syracuse-UConn Big East tournament match up became last March, but on Friday night, Potomac Falls and Stone Bridge clashed in one of the more memorable games in Loudoun high school basketball history.

After the teams traded last-second heroics to push the game to overtime, then a second, and a third, the best drama unfolded in the waning moments of the third and final extra period.

Trailing 108-105 with four seconds left in the third overtime, Stone Bridge's Mike Hamrick was fouled while attempting a potential game-tying three-pointer. The sophomore guard calmly sank the first free throw, and following a Potomac Falls time out to ice the shooter, Hamrick made the second and then the third to knot the score at 108-108.

But Potomac Falls quickly inbounded the ball to Lukas Mihailovich, who already had a career-high 47 points on the night. The junior guard took two dribbles and threw up a prayer from 50 feet - which was answered as the ball banked off the backboard and through the net to give the Panthers a thrilling 111-108 win.

Naturally, Potomac Falls Coach Jeff Hawes called me soon after the final horn to relay the story (and when I missed the first call, he was sure to call back . . . twice.)

"It was the craziest game I've ever been a part of," Hawes said. "Really, I've never seen a game like that, and for it to end the way it did. . . . It was simply unbelievable."

The Panthers (3-1) led by five with 14 seconds left in regulation, but Stone Bridge connected on a three-pointer, and following a Potomac Falls turnover, senior Richie Berry hit a one-handed runner in the lane at the buzzer to force overtime.

In the first extra period, it was the Bulldogs who pulled ahead early, building a seven point lead with 1:40 left, but Potomac Falls responded with a furious rally to force another overtime.

Then in the second extra frame, the Panthers took control early only to watch James Wells bank in a 25-footer at the buzzer to send it to a third overtime.

Mihailovich finished with a school record 50 points and added 10 rebounds, six steals and six assists. Zack Curran added 16 points, Brendon Chesson had 13 and 10 rebounds and sophomore center Greg Graves chipped in 11 rebounds and six blocks.

Nik Brown finished with 30 to lead the Bulldogs (1-2) and Berry had 20 on the night.

By Matt Brooks  |  December 13, 2009; 5:57 PM ET
Categories:  Boys' Basketball , Potomac Falls , Stone Bridge High School  
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you gotta find a video of the shot!

Posted by: goose33 | December 14, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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