Trojans edge Patton, 59-58
Shad Blanton hit two of three foul shots with two seconds remaining as the Chase Trojans downed the Patton Panthers 59-58 Thursday night.
Blanton’s foul shots capped off a furious Chase comeback as they erased a seven point fourth quarter deficit.
“It wasn’t the best game we played all season, but it was the most exciting,” said head coach Joe Jessen. “I don’t think anyone in the gym sat down for those last few minutes.”
After Chase had grabbed as much as a nine point lead in the first half, Patton began to chip away and had grabbed the lead back by seven points going into the final quarter.
“We let them come back on us by allowing them to get second shots,” Jessen said. “In the fourth quarter we switched from a zone to a man defense and limited them to one shot and also caused some turnovers.”
Chase got back in the game by going inside to Caleb Lancaster and Tray Watkins as they led the Trojan attack with 16 and 15 points respectively. But it was another big man that Jessen said turned the tide of the game in the Trojans favor.
“Kyle Bingham played great defense,” Jessen said. “He altered shots and grabbed big rebounds for us all night long. He really sparked our team.”
Even so, Chase still trailed 58-57 with six seconds left.
After Patton missed the front end of a one and one, Chase grabbed the rebound and called timeout. Blanton then got the ball on a set play beyond the arc and was fouled on the arm during the shot attempt to set up the game-winning free throws.
The win moves Chase to 10-7, 3-4 in SMAC play and marks the first time since 1992-93 season that the Trojans has put together double-digit wins in a season.
"This is a big win for our program, especially coming off the two tough games against East and Freedom,” Jessen said, “We could have quit but we didn’t and that gives us a lot of confidence going forward.”
Chase returns to the hardwood Jan. 29 as they host county rival R.S. Central. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.