Flyers Provide the 'Miracle Minute'
The thunderous roar that erupted when Daquain Towns’ buzzer-beater gave Sandhills CC a 93-92 victory over Brookdale CC Thursday may not have been heard 640 miles away in Moore County.
But it might have made it to Scranton, Pa., the home town of SCC President Dr. John Dempsey.
According to Flyer coach Mike Apple the back-to-back timeouts called by the opposing coaches before Louis Craft inbounded the ball to Towns may have played a part in the Pinecrest grad’s beating the clock.
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A buzzer-beater released by Daquain Towns with .01 seconds remaining on the clock found the bottom the net to give Sandhills an unforgettable 93-92 first-round victory over top-ranked Brookdale Community College, Thursday in the the NJCAA Divsion III national basketball tournament. The Flyers face Bronx CC in the semifinals today at 7 p.m. Photos by Donna Ford.
“On the first timeout, I had him on the wrong side because he’s left-handed,” the coach said. “Luckily they called another timeout and we changed it. We had the greatest guy in the world to take the ball the length of the court in Daquain Towns.”
The Flyers would like to avoid the foul trouble and turnovers that have made things difficult for them during the last three or four games of their nine-game winning streak. They turned it over 25 times to 17 for the Jerseyans, but had a 50-36 advantage on the boards. SUNY Delhi located near Cooperstown, N.Y., and Cedar Valley College of Lancaster, Texas, meet today at 5 p.m. in the other semifinal. The championship game is on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Older members of the Flyer traveling party got a walk down memory lane when the NJCAA held its tournament banquet at Bethel Woods Center of the Arts. The facility is located on the grounds where the Woodstock Festival was held in 1969. A half-million people attended the four-day event that included performances from over 30 bands.
It was an educational experience for the players who went through the rock and roll museum and saw the 17,000-seat indoor-outdoor concert facility that has been erected there.
“It’s a lot more organized than it was in 1969,” Dempsey said. “That was really an iconic moment in the history of the 60s. It’s really quite fascinating.”
The following is a recap of the hectic back-and-forth final minute of Sandhills CC dramatic win over Brookdale Thursday. Some Flyers’ fans are calling the sequence the “Miracle Minute.”
1:00 — Sandhills 86, Brookdale 81
0:43 — (B) Tightly defended, Kahlil Bennett banks in a three: 86-84
0.38 — (B) Natanael Pacius intercepts a pass in the Flyer backcourt and turns it into a three-point play: 86-87
0:30 — (S) The whistle blows as Dre Huntley apparently drives for a go-ahead three-point play, but a charge is called on the Flyer guard and he fouls out of the game.
0:26 — (B) The Flyers quickly commit their 10th foul and Andrew Goldstein sinks both free throws: 86-89.
0:20 — (S) Raheem Jolliffe races down court and snaps off a long three: 89-89.
0:17.5 — (B) Pacius is fouled and makes the first, but misses the second: 89-90.
0:15.5 — (S) Towns rebounds the missed free throw. He is fouled and makes both freebies: 91-90.
0:03.8 — (B) Bennett cans an 18-foot jumper from the top of the key: 91-92.
0:00.0 — (S) Following a timeout called by each team, Towns takes the inbound pass from Louis Craft and beats the buzzer with a floater from about the foul line: Flyers 93, Jersey Blues 92.
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