Gonzaga gets even in Alhambra final
Gonzaga guard Cedrick Lindsay had missed two free throws with 14 seconds left. And after DeMatha star guard Quinn Cook was fouled and made two free throws to give the Stags a one-point lead with 2.8 seconds left, Lindsay's head was down as he and his teammates headed to the sideline for a timeout.
"Let it go," Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner said. "You're about to win the game."
When play resumed, Lindsay took the inbounds pass and dribbed as fast as he could up the middle of the floor. He pulled up from about 35 feet and was fouled while shooting, giving him three free throws.
With 0.5 seconds put back on the clock, the Richmond recruit didn't miss (until he wanted to). Lindsay made the first two shots to give his team the lead then intentionally missed the third shot (while DeMatha tried to halt play with intentional lane violations) as the third-ranked Eagles beat the top-ranked Stags, 68-67, in the championship game of the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament at Frostburg State on Saturday night.
"His worst free throw night of the year," Turner said, noting that Lindsay had been 2 of 6 from the line before his final shots. "But he made the ones that mattered most."
The teams split their regular-season meetings. Their third matchup came earlier this month in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title game, where the Stags beat the Eagles, 71-52, at AU's Bender Arena.
On Saturday, Gonzaga led by six points with two minutes left when things got interesting. DeMatha forward Jerian Grant, who has signed with Notre Dame, made a deep three-pointer from the corner to help the Stags' rally before the stunning finish.
"It's huge for our team, huge for our seniors to go out in that kind of style," Turner said. "We're one of only three teams to three-peat that tournament and in the 50th year of the tournament, that's special."
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