TRENTON, N.J. -- Brandon Foust (right) scored 21 points and hit the game winning basket with 15.6 seconds remaining to send Brookhaven (OH) to a 53-51 victory over Our Savior New America on Saturday afternoon at the Prime Time Shootout.
Foust scored his bucket off a crafty in-bounds play. Andrew Lavender appeared as if he was not going to get the ball in under five seconds, but he rifled a pass to Denzel Lyles who handed off to Foust for a slam that gave the Bobcats the 53-51 lead.
Our Savior's Oumar Sylla found Juan Diego Tello Palacios for a three pointer at the buzzer, but it was short, allowing Brookhaven to emerge victorious.
The game was a close affair throughout, although Our Savior led by as many as seven points at various points in the third quarter.
The Pioneers led 51-46 midway through the fourth quarter. Brookhaven managed to shut the door and outscore Our Savior 7-0 down the stretch, and it all started with the smallest man on the floor: Oklahoma bound Lavender.
Lavender forced a pair of steals, hit three free throws and a lay up to deadlock the game at 51-51 with 1:57 remaining.
Our Savior's Walter Murray received a great pass but couldn't finish around the basket at the one minute mark, giving Brookhaven a chance to win it in regulation.
Following a held ball in which Brookhaven maintained possession with 19.3 seconds to play, the Bobcats executed on the ensuing in-bounds play to take the two point lead. And Lavender was once again the catalyst, even if Foust got the glory by copping the MVP honors.
Despite not having a great shooting night from the perimeter, Lavender finished with 15 points. He and Foust were the lone Brookhaven players to post double figures in scoring.
After a productive first half (11 points), Palacios finished with 15 points to lead Our Savior. Sylla, the lanky Valpo bound 6-6 swingman, added 12.