There will be plenty of stories of drama and heartbreak, elation and insanity this month, but here’s an early example, with a sort-of local angle.
Playing for its postseason life in the Northeast Conference quarterfinals Wednesday night, fourth-seeded Mount St. Mary’s fell behind fifth-seeeded St. Francis (N.Y.) by 19 points with just more than nine minutes remaining. The Mount was still down by 11 with 1:53 remaining, which is usually just about enough to make a comeback impossible.
But the home team scored 19 points in those final 113 seconds — a 400-point-per-game pace. They forced four turnovers. St. Francis kind of fell apart. And Rashad Whack — a Bishop McNamara kid and George Mason transfer — hit a three-pointer with two seconds left to give the Mount its first lead since 2-0. St. Francis couldn’t even get a shot off before the buzzer, and then the home fans stormed the court and the announcers let it rip.
“IT’S OVER. MOUNT ST. MARY’S. IS. VICTORIOUS!” play-by-play man Adam Pohl said on Thurmont’s 1450 AM The Source.
“I’VE NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE AT MOUNT ST. MARY’S!” color man Roy Sigler screamed. “NEVER, HAVE I SEEN IT, IN 25 YEARS! THEY ARE RUSHING THE FLOOOOOOOR!”
“AND THEY SHOULD BE RUSHING THE FLOOR!” Pohl added.
It’s a good time of year.