CCA slips, still makes state

Published 10:32 pm Thursday, February 12, 2009

A blown 15-point, fourth-quarter lead. Six missed free throws, any one of which would have won the game. Six players out of the game because of fouls. An intentional foul and a technical foul with two seconds left in overtime.

Chilton Christian Academy coach Chris Jones summed up his team’s 54-49 win Thursday over Calvary (Montgomery) in the sub-state playoff round: “Wow.

“I thought it was over when they went to the line with 2 seconds left,” Jones said.

But, like many things in this game, those free throw attempts didn’t turn out like anyone expected.

Calvary didn’t win despite overcoming a large deficit in the last 5:30 of regulation. The Watchmen (15-6) played much of the overtime period with only four players because four had fouled out.

Matthew Klein came up with two crucial steals with less than one minute to play to ice the game for the Patriots (10-10), who will play Victory (Columbus, Miss.) at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at Shelton State Community College in the state tournament.

On Thursday, Calvary’s Matthew Broderick led all scorers with 34 points. None of his teammates had more than six points.

CCA’s Tim Harris poured in 18 points, and Zac Pierce contributed 16 points.