BOSTON, Mass. - After fighting and clawing the send the game into overtime, Sharon's magic ran out in overtime, falling 71-69, as their last second shot from just over half court fell short.
Trailing 62-59 with 26.7 seconds left, Jimmy Fritzson missed his straightaway three-pointer, but sophomore Jordan Mello-Klein came away with the rebound, passing to Matt Lowerre who immediately skipped it over to Brian Mukasa. Mukasa's three went long though but the offensive rebound was tracked down by senior captain Erik Kushner, who quickly dished back to Mukasa. This time the 1,000-point scorer buried a deep there with 2.8 seconds left. Milton's long shot was off the mark to send the game into overtime.
But in overtime, trailing 71-69 with 5.3 seconds left, the Eagles were tapped just as they got over half court and Mukasa's desperation heave fell short.
"I'm very proud of the kids," said Sharon head coach Bruce Jackman. "We scrapped, we did everything we could. Obviously we were outgunned on the boards but that's not an excuse because its been that way pretty much all year long. They played as hard as they possibly could. It just came down to one error at the end but you make it an error in the first period, its the same thing. It makes no difference. Our foul shooting fell apart for us which is rather surprising for us because we have such good shooters and that led to some issues for us."
Sharon dug themselves in a whole early, going down 10-0 in the first quarter but rebounded nicely in the second quarter. Fritzson was a perfect 4-4 from the field and 2- from the charity stripe for 12 points in the quarter and the Eagles led 31-23 heading into halftime.
The Eagles went up 38-29 in the third but the Wildcats then mounted a comeback, an 8-0 run that brought them within one and the neither team had a lead larger than four for the rest of the game as Sharon and Milton finished the third quarter leveled 44-44.
The Eagles went up 50-46 early in the fourth quarter but in the blink of an eye, Anthony Smith scored off a put back and then after a Sharon miss, Keyon Jones picked up the rebound and went end to end for a layup to tie it at 50. Milton went up 56-54 but a Mukasa drive tied the game with 2:30 left in the game.
Milton scored the first two field goals of the overtime period, going up 66-62 but Sharon used a 6-2 run, capped with a Mukasa bucket with 1:32 left to tie it at 68. Milton's Malik Malcolm hit three of four free throws down the stretch for the final separation.
Fritzson finished with a game-high 24 points and Mukasa added 21 points, the second most in the game. Both seniors surprised the 1,000 point mark this season as Sharon clinched the Davenport Division outright.
"As the duo, thats the best in my 31 years ever," Jackman said. "Fritzson is definitely the best guard I've ever coached."
The Eagles will graduate five seniors in total: Mukasa, Fritzson, Ade Bright, Earl Dessesaure and captain Erik Kushner.
"Kushner developed himself into an amazing leader," Jackman said. "His basketball skills are limited but he leads by example. When Earl gets in foul trouble, Erik comes out and just plays. He doesn't always score points but he rebounds and leads by example. He's great in practice, he's good with team dinners with these kids. He understands his limitations but he never gives up and the kids look up to him."
Sharon finishes the season 17-9.
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