BRAMPTON, Ont. - They looked to be on the verge of breaking the game open at several points in the second half, but the Sheridan Bruins men's basketball team (15-3, 6-2 OCAA) did just enough down the stretch to hold off a furious rally from Lambton to claim a 101-97 victory.
"When you give kids a 24-second shot clock and lots of 3-point shooting, strange things can happen," head coach Jim Flack said. "Lambton is excellent, as are most of the teams in the West. The crowd was treated to a finish that rivals anything you would see in the NBA. I've always loved college ball so much more than pro, and tonight was an example of why."
Sheridan led by as many as 15 in the second half, but a 90-second sequence where Lambton connected on 3-pointers on four straight trips - the last of which was punctuated by a foul - trimmed the margin to two (93-91) with 2:11 to play. Despite the heightened drama, the Bruins got key stops on the next four Lambton possessions and made just enough of their free throws (6-12) to put the game away.
It was pressure defence that built the advantage for the Double Blue, forcing 24 turnovers and scoring 29 points off them. Meanwhile it was that deadly shooting from behind the arc - connecting on 18 of 40 attempts - that gave Lambton more than a punchers chance.
The Bruins have a quick turnaround, hosting Mohawk in the final home game of 2018 on Nov. 27 (8pm).
Blue notes: The victory gave head coach Jim Flack the 700th of his illustrious career.