PLATTSBURGH-With the shot clock winding down, Jamie Davison was a long way from the basket.
But the Northeastern Clinton guard knew that there was only one thing to do as he and the Cougars trailed by two points to the Plattsburgh Hornets in the Section VII/Class B championship game March 5.
"At first, I didn't know about the shot clock," Davison said. "Then I heard someone yell five and my only thought was to get a good shot off. I took the shot that I had to settle for."
"That was about 10 feet beyond the three point line with a lot of pressure," Cougars head coach Rob Garrand said about the shot.
It looked to be on-line, and Davison admitted that, despite the distance and the pressure, he felt good.
"It felt good but I shot it weird out of my hand," Davison, who finished with 16 points, said. "But it felt good as I shot it and as it went in I just thought, no way."
The three gave the Cougars a 58-57 lead, which they would not give up after stopping the Hornets on two shots late to with the title.
He's is a senior leader who took a lot of control at that point," Garrand said. "It went in and it was what motivated us the rest of the game. The biggest thing at the end was the adrenaline we had to defend their last possession."
"We knew that we had the senior leadership to pull through," said Logan Miller, who scored 14 points, including five in the fourth quarter. "I shot pretty well. Made them when they counted at the end of the game."
"This is the one thing that we worked for the whole season," Steven Carder, who scored 11 points along with Tom Bedard, said. "We knew that this was going to happen and we knew that this was going to be a great game."
Davison said that the Cougars were looking for their chance despite a great shooting night for the Hornets.
"They were on fire all night," Davison said. "We closed out and they would blow by us. We didn't, and they would shoot over us. We just kept fighting all night. "
"We were down nine at one point and our goal was to get it back to five and we knew that we could get them from there," Carder said.
"We didn't get into the fast-paced game," Garrand said. "We wanted to slow it up and attack that way."
Rob Armstrong added six points for the Cougars.
Tre Bucci led the Hornets with 15 points in the game, while Kyle LaPoint scored 14 points, Justin Curtis scored nine points and the trio of Jordan Knight, Ethan Votraw and Anthony Porcelli scored six points each.