Bulldog Boys Survive Patriot Comeback
For the second consecutive Friday, the Swanton Bulldogs had to hold their collective breath until a final shot at the buzzer fell harmlessly to the floor before being able to celebrate another NWOAL victory. The Patrick Henry Patriots, who had rallied from a late 12-point deficit to pull within three, inbounded the ball from the far end of the court but their attempt to tie and send the game into overtime came up very short and the Bulldogs walked away with a 46-43 victory at home.
What looked like might be an easy win when Swanton jumped out to a 7-0 lead to open the game, quickly turned into a battle as Patrick Henry finally began hitting their shots to keep the score close. The Bulldogs led 9-4 after the first quarter, 24-18 at halftime and 36-26 and the end of the third and started to put the game away when the scored the first basket of the fourth quarter.
However, still holding a 44-37 advantage with just over 18 seconds left in the game, Swanton allowed the Patriots to jump back into it with a layup and converted foul shot followed by a three-point basket and suddenly the Bulldog lead was a shaky one point. Needing to foul, Patrick Henry sent Luc Borojevich to the line where he sank one of two shots with 3.1 seconds showing on the clock.
Attempting to inbound the ball, the Patriots threw it across court and out of bounds and again had to foul Borojevich. He hit one of two free throws for the 46-43 lead which went final following the missed three-quarter court shot.
Nic Borojevich scored a team-high 15 points for the Bulldogs. Luc Borojevich was right behind with 14 points and Same Betz had 11. The victory moves Swanton to 2-0 in the league and 11-1 overall. Patrick Henry falls to 1-1 in the league and 9-3 overall.
Swanton travels to Fayette on Tuesday, January 18, to take on the Eagles then returns home on Thursday, January 20, for league matchup against Wauseon.
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