Saturday January 26, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- Shaquille Ardrey scored five of his 28 points in overtime and Tyler Murphy converted two steals for baskets in that span as Taconic High School edged Pittsfield 79-75 in a breathtaking overtime thriller.

Trayvon Sims added 21 points and center Mike Taylor had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Braves.

The efforts offset another stellar game from Pittsfield guard Amancho Adopo, who scored 23 points, pulled down 20 rebounds, added six assists and also came up with five steals and two blocked shots. Teammate Evan Lanoue chipped in with 17 points and the Generals got a huge lift off the bench from Aaron Bradley, who scored 17 points and had eight rebounds, five of them on the offensive glass.

"A great game," said a drained Taconic coach Bill Heaphy following the contest. "We've been working on getting the ball inside more, and we're not there yet, but we did a good job tonight."

The Braves had a two-point lead going into the fourth quarter, and the game see-sawed back and fourth the entire period.

With 32 seconds left in the quarter, the Generals had the ball, and Adopo was eye-to-eye with Ardrey about 35 feet out, yo-yoing the ball up and down.

Heaphy backed Ardrey off and the clock wound down, and the crowd noise began to swell.

Suddenly Adopo darted toward the hoop, and pulled up for a 10-footer that fell short. Taconic's Drew Scace (11 points, 13 rebounds) plucked the ball off the glass to ensure overtime.


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In the extra period, Murphy, who spent the night trying to slow down Adopo, picked off a pass and sailed in for a score. A few moments later, the senior, who had only seven points all night, alertly grabbed another errant PHS pass and scored again.

"Murphy was really focused on Adopo tonight," said Heaphy. "And I think he did a good job. He played very much like a senior tonight."

The Generals were down by five with a minute left, and Lanoue breathed some life into his team with a huge three-point hoop. But Ardrey hit three of four free throws to hold the visitors off.

The game began with the Braves controlling the boards and the tempo. Scace and Taylor in particular were causing problems inside for the Generals. In addition, Sims and Ardrey were matching Adopo drive for explosive drive.

The Braves led 19-14 at the end of a quarter. At one point, it seemed Taconic might run away with the contest, leading 31-19.

But Pittsfield coach Steve Ray inserted the energetic Bradley, who collected three points and three offensive rebounds in an 8-0 run that pulled the Generals back into the game. Bradley would start the second half, and score 14 points after intermission.

In the third period, the Generals pulled even on an Adopo drive to make the score 42-42. Taconic stayed ahead by a bucket or two for most of the fourth quarter, but the Generals were never far behind the rest of the way.