ALBANY Once again, an incredible series of circumstances helped the Christian Brothers Academy basketball team keep its season going.
Joe Krong hit a runner with three seconds left in regulation and then opened overtime by making two technical foul shots to help the Brothers rally for a 62-57 victory over Troy in Monday’s Section II Class AA championship game at Albany’s Times Union Center.
The free throws came after a wild finish to regulation. Following Krong’s tying basket, a Troy player was fouled at the buzzer. The referees conferred, and the foul was waved off because it was ruled that the foul committed by Chaz Lott came after the buzzer sounded. That led to a vehement protest by Troy coach Rich Hurley, which resulted in a technical foul.
“I didn’t know which way (the call) was going to go, and thankfully it went our way,” said CBA coach Dave Doemel.
Instead of a jump ball to start the four-minute overtime period, CBA was awarded two foul shots and the ball. Krong made both free throws, and then Lott drained a three-pointer from the lower left corner to give the Brothers a 53-48 lead.
“Coach (Doemel) told me in the timeout (before overtime) that I had it and just let it fly,” said Lott. “That one in overtime felt really good.”
Krong’s two free throws and Lott’s trey sparked a 10-0 CBA run that put the game and the Sectional title out of Troy’s reach. The Flying Horses got as close as four points the rest of overtime.
Troy took control early on by out-scoring CBA 18-6 in the first quarter. The Brothers scratched and clawed through the next two-and-a-half quarters, but they still trailed by seven points with less than two minutes left in regulation.
“Troy was playing their zone defense, and they made us (guards) catch the ball further out (from the basket),” said Lott.