The Lynn English boys’ basketball team is at its best when aggressively pushing the ball up the floor. So it was no surprise when coach Mike Carr didn’t call a timeout after St. John’s Prep tied Monday’s game at 73 with 10 seconds left to play. Instead of regrouping, Carr elected to let his team do what it does best, and the gamble paid off.
With 1.5 seconds remaining, Frank Hogan attacked the basket and hit a 10-foot, off-balance leaner to win the IAABO Board 130 classic for the Bulldogs (15-5), a 75-73 victory over the top-ranked Eagles (18-2).
“Hogan is a great competitor and he wants nothing more than to win,” said Carr. “It was a great win. Before the game I told the team to just play our style and we thrive off of the pressure.”
Steve Collins had 29 points in the win and was named tournament MVP.
“Today was a gutsy win, it wasn’t pretty but we beat a great team and we just gutted it out,” said Carr.
After starting the season 4-4 the Bulldogs won 11 of their last 12 regular-season games.
“It gives us good confidence going into the state tournament,” said Carr. “We are playing better as a group and are happy where we are at.”
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