Mac Advances After 56-54 OT Win

Notice a different aura surrounding the halls? It’s the playoffs. MacArthur had a great playoff run last fall, as the football athletes made it all the way to the state semi-finals. Now it’s the boy’s basketball team’s turn.

Tuesday, February 22, the Brahmas (24-8) took on the Judson Rockets (24-11) in what proved to be a great playoff matchup. In fact, the difference between the two teams was a mere two points.

This clutch basket came off of a lay-up from junior guard Matt Gramling with just 4.8 seconds left in overtime and gave the Brahmas a hard-fought 56-54 victory. Gramling led the team with 16 points.

Matt Gramling (11) looks for an open pass. photo by Samantha Lozano

Judson’s senior guard Cameron Griffin did his part in keeping the Rockets in the game. After MacArthur’s junior forward Jordan Pratt made a bucket to give the Brahmas a 46-43 lead in the final minute, Griffin surged into the paint for an and-one, sending the game into overtime. Griffin led all players with 25 points.

The Rockets started the overtime period with a lot of energy, taking a 51-48 lead early.

MacArthur bounced back, however, and took a 54-51 lead with senior forward Ben Lytle’s basket and free throws from senior guard Michael Flores.

After this sudden change in pace, Judson struck back, yet again, with a long three pointer from senior guard Trent Matthews.

When a second overtime seemed imminent, Matt Gramling dropped the biggest basket of the season, and possibly his life, sealing the victory for Mac.

The Brahmas will play their second-round playoff game Friday, February 25, against the Stevens Falcons.

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