The Acalanes Freshman Boys Basketball Team Defeats Las Lomas With A Buzzer Beating Three Point Shot, 48-47
WOW!!! What a way to end the basketball season!!
In a game where neither team held a lead greater than four points, you knew the game would be decided in the last few possessions of the 4th quarter…and it was. The final one minute and ten seconds of this game was not for the weak at heart. It included made free throws, missed free throws, terrible turnovers, lay-ups and three clutch 3 point shots. The Dons tried their very best to give this game away in the final 60 seconds. But in the end, the young men from Acalanes prevailed.
Talk about a close game from start to finish: at the end of the 1st quarter, the score was tied, 11-11; at halftime, the Knights led the Dons, 22-24; and at the end of three-quarters, the Knights still led the Dons, 35-33; however, at the end of 4th quarter, the Dons would have the last laugh.
About a tenth of a second before the final horn sounded to end the 4th quarter, the ball from Alex Kinnear’s 3-point shot swished through the basket giving the Freshman Dons an unbelievable 48-47 victory over Las Lomas. As the shot hit home and the horn echoed through the gym, the home crowd erupted in cheers and the Acalanes bench, coaches included, rushed the floor to mob Kinnear and celebrate the amazing win. It was all smiles at Acalanes last night.
There were a lot of special individual performances that took place in this game. However, this game was won because the Dons played excellent team defense in the second half and rebounded well as a collective unit throughout the entire game.
The big men for Acalanes played beautifully on both ends of the floor against the Knights. Joey Christensen, coming off a great game at Campolindo, put together another strong effort for the Dons scoring 10 points and hauling-in 7 rebounds. Matt Mesetz was stellar for the Dons, scoring 12 points, grabbing 9 rebounds and blocking 3 shots. This may have been Matt’s best all around game of the season.
Andrew McKendell played all 32 minutes for the Dons at point guard. During his time on the floor, Andrew put together another very solid performance scoring 8 points, dishing-out 7 assist and collecting 4 steals. Andrew hit a deep three pointer to give Acalanes its first lead in the 4th quarter 42-40, with just 1:10 to go. That shot kicked-off the jaw-dropping final one minute of play. Alex Kinnear, the star of the night, delivered 13 points for the Dons – eight of them in the 4th quarter and six of them within the final 16.9 seconds of the game. Within that same 16.9 seconds, Kinnear went from goat to hero for the Dons. Alex bounced back after his ill-advised cross court pass was intercepted by a Las Lomas defender and taken in for a lay-up with 17 seconds to go, giving Las Lomas the lead 44-42. Seemingly unphased, Kinnear hit a tough 3 point shot with 6 seconds remaining to cut the Knight’s lead to 46-45. After Las Lomas could only convert one of two free throws with 5.9 seconds on the clock, McKendell took the inbounds pass and raced the ball down the court, found Kinnear open in the deep corner, and Alex turned around and let the shot fly…Acalanes buzzer beater goes BOOM!! The Dons win 48-47.
This was a fantastic way for the Freshman Dons to conclude their basketball season. The victory over Las Lomas snapped a three game losing streak for the Dons and gave them a win they will remember for a long time. The Freshman Dons finished their pre-season with a record of 8-8 and last night they completed DFAL play with a record of 3-8. This gives the Acalanes Freshman Boys Basketball Team an overall record of 11-16 on the season.
Thank you to Coach Sariby and Coach Combi for your tremendous effort and commitment to the Freshman Boys Program. It will not be forgotten. As always…GO DONS!!!