East Boston senior guard Pat Santos hit an ESPN-worthy full-court buzzer-beater to defeat host Madison Park, 43-42, on Tuesday night.
“I just got it and shot it, there wasn’t even enough time to think; just get the ball and shoot that’s all,” said Santos, who finished with 4 points.
The last-second heroics came after Madison Park junior guard Johnny Bowden was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with one second left. Bowden hit the first two foul shots to give Madison Park a 42-40 lead before he seemingly missed the final foul shot intentionally.
Santos rebounded the miss along the left baseline, where he launched his winning Hail Mary to improve the Jets to 4-0.
“You can’t get off a shot in one second,” Madison Park coach Dennis Wilson said. “You catch the ball and turn and throw a long shot; you can’t do that in one second.”
Madison Park (1-1), which was led by senior forward David Stewart’s game-high 15 points, went on a 8-2 run to take a 40-39 lead with 1:24 left. East Boston sophomore forward Rasheed Bell (13 points) hit a free throw to tie the score at 40 before Bowden was fouled on the 3-point line in the final second.
“You see it on ESPN, but you never see anything [like that], that was an amazing shot,” first-year East Boston coach Shawn Brown said, whose squad is ranked 18th. “I looked and I just watched the ball. But Pat’s a gutsy kid. And if someone is going to take that shot, he is going to take it. I wasn’t surprised it was Pat.”
Latin Academy 64, Fenway 55 — The Dragons moved to 2-1 behind 23 points and 12 rebounds from senior forward Alex Guerrier.
Catholic Memorial 57, Lincoln-Sudbury 45 — Giulien Smith scored 23 points for the Knights.
BC High 65, Brockton 51 — The Eagles were led by senior guards Jameilen Jones (20 points) and Mike McAuley (14 points).
Braintree 68, Milton 17 — Sophomore guard Bridget Herlihy led all scorers with 15 points for the Wamps.
Boston English 45, Brighton 20 — Senior guards Trayana Mair (19 points) and Ashley Louis-Jean (13 points, five assists) carried the Bulldogs (3-0).
Boston Latin 37, Concord-Carlisle 26 — The Wolfpack were led by junior forward Maggie Mulligan who had 10 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots.
Former Barnstable High quarterback DJ Crook has accepted an offer from Penn State for a preferred walk-on spot with the team beginning Jan. 5, according to Barnstable coach Chris Whidden.
“I’m excited for him,” said Whidden. “It’s a great opportunity for him, and he deserves it.”
Crook finished his Red Raider career with 77 touchdowns and a state-record 8,126 yards. He fractured his thumb midway through his senior season, after which he split time with fellow quarterback and Princeton-commit Nick Peabody. In 2011, the duo carried Barnstable to its first postseason berth in a decade before the Red Raiders fell to Lincoln-Sudbury, 14-13.
Crook broke the news of his commitment on his Twitter page by tweeting a picture of himself in a Nittany Lions hat, accompanied by the hashtags “#psufootball,” “psu2017,” and “dreamchaser.”