Central Catholic 47, Everett 44
READING -- Exciting finish here in Reading, as Central Catholic nailed four free throws with under five seconds to go to pull out a thrilling 47-44 win in a Division 1 North semifinal, at Reading High.
Take a wild guess who nailed those free throws...
Yep, Billy Marsden (17 points) came through in the clutch for what seems like the umpteenth time, rebounding an errant Jerome Cohen one-and-one and getting fouled to go to the line for two shots and give the Raiders a one-point lead. After the Crimson's ensuing inbound pass was thrown away, Marsden was fouled again for two more shots.
Central head coach called three timeouts with under 30 seconds to go -- including two to freeze Everett shooters. But at this point, Nault says he doesn't even tell Marsden anything in these situations.
"He just plays with a ton of confidence," Nault said.
Said Marsden, "I live for pressure situations, so that was good. Once I made that first one, I knew it was over."
Everett's length frontcourt of Jerome Cohen, Kyon Watkins and 6-foot-8 freshman Nerlins Noel played tough defense on Central's Carson Desrosiers, but the big man still ended up with a triple-double (11 points, 14 rebounds, 11 blocks).
Leading Everett was Diovani McCloud with 17 points.
"I thought we played a great game. I thought we held it together until four seconds left on the clock," Everett coach John DiBiaso said.
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