BABC in stunning buzzer-beating EYBL win Saturday

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – Saturday’s Day II of the third session of the 2017 Nike EYBL season featured the league’s usual display of elite prospects and some down-to-the-wire results from among the 40 games played in the Lakefront Sporting Community Champions Center.

First to some of the remarkable finishes:

*With his team trailing the Boston Area Basketball Club (BABC) 74-73, Nike Team Florida forward Vernon Carey was fouled with 3.5 seconds to play in regulation on his way to the basketball.

After a timeout called by BABC Coach Leo Papile, the left-handed, 6-foot-9 and 240-poundish junior-to-be from University in Ft. Lauderdale sank the first of the free throws to tie the score – resulting in another TO by Papile.

Did it in fact, “ice” Carey?

Who knows? But he did miss the second attempt and then what transpired proved equal parts stunning and, no doubt, heart-wrenching finish for Carey and his teammates.

Forward Cole Swider (St. Andrews School in Barrington, RI) snatched the rebound for BABC, outlet the ball to 5-9 Shandon Brown (New Hampton School in New Hampshire), who shook a defender at far mid-court, took another dribble and launched from about 40 or so feet away.

Bingo! BABC wins, 77-4, via one of the better finishes of the season.

*And in another oh-my-goodness finish, Team Melo was trailing Team Penny by three points when Brendan Adams (Baltimore Calvert Hall) drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner – while being fouled– with 28 seconds to go in regulation.

Adams dropped in the free throw and Team Melo (for Carmelo Anthony), after a frantic miss by Team Penny (Penny Hardaway) walked off the court with the 64-63 in a vivid example of the adage “never foul a jump shooter – especially a 3-point jump shooter!”

And, among some of the better individual efforts of the long day:

*Seven-two Bol Bol (Santa Ana, CA, Mater Dei) averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocked shots while high school and Cal Supreme teammate Spencer Freedman averaged nine points, 10 assists and just one turnover in their team’s wins over Mean Streets and Houston Hoops.

One of the best guards in the Class of 2018, Javonte Smart (Baton Rouge, LA, Scotlandville Magnet), scored 33 points for Houston Hoops in the loss to Cal Supreme while getting to the rim at will while also showing off his much improved jump shot with six 3s.

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