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JAN. 29, 2011 — Seconds after the buzzer sounded in Friday night time’s boys basketball contest between San Mateo and Sequoia, the Bearcats followers have been in full chant on their house flooring.
“Ed-die, Ed-die, Ed-die!”
When the canine pile at mid-court lastly cleared, San Mateo’s Eduardo Trujillo emerged from the pack because the Bearcats’ latest hero of their heart-pounding 34-33 win over the Cherokees.
“That was the most important shot I’ve ever had,” Trujillo mentioned. “It is loopy to make a shot like that.”
Trujillo is referring to his layup which got here with the buzzer sounding that gave his Bearcats the victory. The shot got here after Sequoia’s Julian Berterro had made a lay-up of his personal with 8.3 seconds left to place his staff forward. However San Mateo got here down the courtroom and Darren Fong was fouled on his drive to the ring. On the following inbound play with 0.8 seconds to play, Trujillo was on their lonesome beneath the basket when he put up the shot that acquired the pleasant house roll because it sat atop the cylinder.
It appears as if the universe conspired to make Trujillo the hero final night time — after the foul on Fong and a timeout, the Bearcats tried to substitute for Trujillo after the allotted time. Compelled to remain within the recreation, the ahead made one of the best of it.
It is a was frantic end within the recreation that noticed 5 lead adjustments within the fourth quarter –four within the recreation’s ultimate 47 seconds.
“I used to be looking for an open spot,” Trujillo mentioned. “My level guard trusted me and I used to be large open. It was a fairy story from there.”
Contemplating the seasons each groups have undergone, Friday night time’s win should have felt like Cloud 9 for the Bearcats.
The storybook-finish masked the truth that each groups struggled offensively for the night time. San Mateo and Sequoia mixed for 12 factors on 22 % taking pictures within the first quarter with the Cherokees main 8-4 after one.
Issues picked up for the Bearcats within the second quarter behind six factors off the bench for Jordan Wong. Wong was a spark for the Bearcats the complete night time, ending with 14 factors.
Sequoia ended the primary half having shot 6 for 29 from the sector, however discovered themselves tied at 15 due to their capacity to rebound the basketball. Main the best way on the glass was James Beekley, who had seven first half rebounds.
The second half was a back-and-forth affair with no staff main by greater than three at any level throughout the recreation’s ultimate 16 minutes — and Matt Elliot’s fairly dish to Berterro beneath the ring for a layup tied issues up at 26 after three, setting the stage for a wild fourth quarter.
The quarter started with a 3-pointer by Fanor Padilla to place the Cherokees up. San Mateo responded instantly with a protracted distance name of their very own by Donovan Washington to tie issues up once more.
Fanor put Sequoia forward once more with a fairly floater within the lane at 31-29. From that time, it appears the sport would revolve round Trujillo. He’d miss the second of his two free throws, with an air ball no much less, that might have tied issues up once more. Nevertheless it was his layup with 47.7 seconds left that gave the Bearcats the 32-31 lead. After which with lower than a second left, after nearly being subbed for, Trujillo hits what he known as the shot of his life.
“That is highschool basketball,” mentioned Sequoia coach Tremendous Lauese. “You win some, you lose some. Total I assumed it was an important recreation.”
Trujillo completed with seven factors for the night time, 5 within the fourth quarter. Berterro led the best way for Sequoia with 13 factors and eight rebounds.
“I am completely satisfied concerning the win,” mentioned San Mateo coach Julian Hudson. “We actually lucked out. I am going to take it. We executed at occasions and at occasions we did not. We simply need to be constant.”