Orrick wins on McGlothlin's last-second shot
"Sometimes you need a little luck to pull out a victory," were the words of Orrick head coach Morgan Dickson shortly after his Bearcats pulled out a 35-34 triumph over homestanding Lathrop Friday.
The Bearcats trailed 33-32 with 19 seconds remaining and did not have the ball.
Lathrop inbounded the ball at half court and avoided being fouled until only 4 seconds were left. The Mules' Kaleb Vanderkooi missed the first but made the second charity.
Cameron McGlothlin inbounded the ball to Mason Karnes. Karnes returned a pass to McGlothlin, who was on the run at midcourt.
"Cameron takes a dribble and launches the ball. The buzzer goes off. Orrick fans and players go wild as the ball swishes the net from about 30 feet," Dickson said.
Dickson said the Bearcats failed to capitalize on many scoring chances.
"We played well defensively, but our offense was not clicking," he said. "The Mules tried to press and keep the ball away from Justin (Dickson), which didn't work. So, we had some multiple opportunities to score 5 on 4 or 5 on 3 but seemed to rush too much to score quickly, instead of making the extra pass to get a more open shot. Lathrop did a good job of rotating to help. We just didn't pass well."
Lathrop grabbed a 6-4 lead after one quarter and surged ahead 19-12 by the half.
"We were down by as many as 12, but the kids had confidence in the fourth quarter," Dickson said.
The Bearcats trimmed the Lathrop lead to 26-22 going to the final stanza.
McGlothlin, who was held to two baskets through the first three quarters, broke out with three baskets before the game-winning three-pointer in the fourth quarter, finishing with 13 points.
Justin Dickson, who played much of the game handicapped by an injured wrist, which hampered his ability to catch the ball and dribble very well, contributed eight points. But he missed nine of 11 free-throw attempts.
Devin Sellers paced the Mules with 18 points. Aaron Sparling added eight points.