East Boston senior guard Pat Santos hit an ESPN-worthy full-court buzzer-beater to defeat host Madison Park, 43-42, on Tuesday night.
“I just got it and shot it, there wasn’t even enough time to think; just get the ball and shoot that’s all,” said Santos, who finished with 4 points.
The last-second heroics came after Madison Park junior guard Johnny Bowden was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with one second left. Bowden hit the first two foul shots to give Madison Park a 42-40 lead before he seemingly missed the final foul shot intentionally.
Xaivier Green got the rebound and passed to Santos on the left baseline, where he launched his winning Hail Mary to improve the Jets to 4-0.
“You can’t get off a shot in one second,” Madison Park coach Dennis Wilson said. “You catch the ball and turn and throw a long shot; you can’t do that in one second.”
Madison Park (1-1), which was led by senior forward David Stewart’s game-high 15 points, went on a 8-2 run to take a 40-39 lead with 1:24 left. East Boston sophomore forward Rasheed Bell (13 points) hit a free throw to tie the score at 40 before Bowden was fouled on the 3-point line in the final second.
“You see it on ESPN, but you never see anything [like that], that was an amazing shot,” first-year East Boston coach Shawn Brown said, whose squad is ranked 18th. “I looked and I just watched the ball. But Pat’s a gutsy kid. And if someone is going to take that shot, he is going to take it. I wasn’t surprised it was Pat.”
Latin Academy 64, Fenway 55 — The Dragons moved to 2-1 behind 23 points and 12 rebounds from senior forward Alex Guerrier.
Catholic Memorial 57, Lincoln-Sudbury 45 — Giulien Smith scored 23 points for the Knights.
BC High 65, Brockton 51 — The Eagles were led by senior guards Jameilen Jones (20 points) and Mike McAuley (14 points).
Braintree 68, Milton 17 — Sophomore guard Bridget Herlihy led all scorers with 15 points for the Wamps.
Boston English 45, Brighton 20 — Senior guards Trayana Mair (19 points) and Ashley Louis-Jean (13 points, five assists) carried the Bulldogs (3-0).
Boston Latin 37, Concord-Carlisle 26 — The Wolfpack were led by junior forward Maggie Mulligan who had 10 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots.
Former Barnstable High quarterback DJ Crook has accepted an offer from Penn State for a preferred walk-on spot with the team beginning Jan. 5, according to Barnstable coach Chris Whidden.
“I’m excited for him,” said Whidden. “It’s a great opportunity for him, and he deserves it.”
Crook finished his Red Raider career with 77 touchdowns and a state-record 8,126 yards. He fractured his thumb midway through his senior season, after which he split time with fellow quarterback and Princeton-commit Nick Peabody. In 2011, the duo carried Barnstable to its first postseason berth in a decade before the Red Raiders fell to Lincoln-Sudbury, 14-13.
Crook broke the news of his commitment on his Twitter page by tweeting a picture of himself in a Nittany Lions hat, accompanied by the hashtags “#psufootball,” “psu2017,” and “dreamchaser.”
Correction: Because of a reporting error, the description of the winning basket in the East Boston-Madison Park boys basketball game was incorrect. Pat Santos of East Boston rebounded a miss and made a shot that traveled the length of the floor.