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February 20, 2014

Near upset

Rams take No. 21 Hirschi to brink before falling short, 63-62, in playoff


With one minute left to play, the game appeared over for the Rams. Hirschi led by four points and had possession, and what was worse for the Rams was the fact that they had committed just five fouls in the second half to that point.

Hirschi, a poor free throw shooting team at 52 percent for the season, could just dribble away from the Rams knowing they had to commit two fouls – which would have ran down significant time off the clock – to get the Huskies at the line.

But stunningly, the Huskies sent a low-percentage bounce pass in the lane and 6-6 post  Da’Shan Harley could not handle the pass as it flew out of bounds, giving the Rams possession.

Rams point guard Biren Clardy found guard Nick Wendt in the corner, and the three-point specialist drained a trey with 26 seconds left to cut the Huskies’ lead to 63-62.

Hirschi, clearly rattled, threw another errant pass in the lane that was intercepted by Rams’ post Juvaree Sutton. MWHS had a chance to win the game as Rascellis Williams drove the lane in attempt to score the go-ahead bucket.

But double teamed, Williams was called for traveling and the Rams were forced to foul with seven ticks left on the clock.

Battle missed the free throw, but Clardy, who was double teamed, lost the ball in the backcourt as Hirschi ran out the clock to escape with the win.

“We wanted to get the ball in Biren’s hands, and I knew he would probably get double teamed,” Pappas said. “It is hard to go the length of the floor in seven seconds with two guys on you.

“He turned the ball over, and he felt awful about it, but I told him to keep his head up and this will be a learning experience for him.

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