Amidon's three propels MAU over BBA

MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton boys basketball team kept Mount Anthony's leading scorer, Abe Amidon, quiet for the first three-and-a-half quarters.

But in a nip-and-tuck affair, it only took a couple of big shots from the junior to make a difference.

Amidon buried a three with one minute left to tie the game, then another with 5.7 seconds to go that ended up being the game-winner in a 50-47 barnburner at E.H. Henry Gym on Tuesday night.

"I've done it all my life," Amidon said afterward. "I love the big moments and the fans going crazy, it's a lot of fun."

Tied at 44-44 with 2:03 to go, Jake Nicholson came down and hit a three-pointer to give the Bulldogs a 47-44 lead as the crowd went crazy.

On the next possession, Amidon had the first of his big shots, silencing the Bulldog faithful and setting off the Mount Anthony side of the stands.

BBA got the ball back with just under a minute to go and BBA coach Eric Green planned on holding until the last shot. But thanks to some pressure defense, the Bulldogs turned the ball over on a traveling violation and MAU got it back with a chance to go ahead with 27.1 seconds left.

The Bulldogs made a point of tightly defending Amidon throughout the final possession, but he was able to get free just for a second, enough to hit the three from the corner.

"We run the play every day in practice, I was trying to not let the moment get to me," Amidon said. "I knew if I missed it wasn't the end of the game, we still had a chance, so there wasn't a lot of pressure. I tried to read where [the defender] was going off the screen and he got jacked up, I pump faked and shot it."

"This is a tough-luck loss," Green said. "We had [Amidon] covered pretty well, but he just made a big shot."

Amidon led the Patriots with 13 points, while Matt Steadman had 12, including seven in the fourth quarter as MAU came back from being down three possessions early in the quarter.

For the Bulldogs, Nicholson led all scorers with 15, while Jay McCoy added 12 and Bryce Little 8.

MAU is 8-4, while BBA drops to 4-6.


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