Turnovers Cost All Hallows
"Turnover, missed layup. Turnover, missed layup." That was the cry from All Hallows coach Jack Carey as he watched his team waste possession after possession against powerful Westchester.
The Comets won the ballgame 65-64 in a close ballgame all the way until the end. A Marvin McCullough 3-pointer tied the score at 63 with 26 seconds remaining. Then, All Hallows star Ricky Soliver fouled Hassan Adams, his fifth foul of the ballgame. Adams converted both tosses at the line to put Westchester up by two.
Then it got interesting. With 2.2 seconds remaining, All Hallows forward Kiril Wachsman goes up for a rebound and is fouled on his shot attempt. After a series of timeouts, Kiril drills the first free throw to make it 65-64 Westchester. Then, his second attempt was short; he got his own rebound and missed a jumper at the buzzer. Game over, Westchester escapes.
The visitors from the west used their vaunted defensive pressure to force at least 20 All Hallows turnovers. This statistic is somewhat surprising considering the All Hallows guard rotation is pretty darn good. However, they consistently made poor passes on the perimeter that resulted in easy baskets for the Comets. Regardless, this was a good ballgame.
All Hallows sophomore guard picked up the slack for a struggling Soliver. He made a trio of triples but the one that got away hurt. His right wing 3 with 5 seconds left almost went down before rimming out.
Another sidebar to this one was the actual game score. Numerous unofficial scorers had a different score at the half and it appeared as though WC's Keith Everage was credited with converting two FTs when he actually went 1-2 from the line, according to some unofficial scorers. Obviously, that would have changed the complexion of the game, but we'll never really know what would have happened.