Mantilla's game-winner downs BBA
Tied at 47-47 with 1:10 left, MSJ seemed to be content to hold the ball for the final shot before coach Dave Randall called time out with 14 seconds to go, setting up what would turn out to be the winner.
The play was set up for the junior Mantilla, who rolled around a screen and got to the rim for the basket with 2.1 seconds left.
"We can't get beat off the dribble," said BBA coach Eric Green. "Our help-side defense has to rotate through. If they take and make a contested three there, we can live with that, but we can't get beat off the dribble."
BBA had a chance for a final play, but a football-style inbounds pass from Jay McCoy was intercepted by Leo Carranza to seal it.
"This game is completely on us, we had plenty of times to put it away and we didn't," Green said. "We had too many turnovers, unforced turnovers. We had three turnovers on inbounds plays and that's inexcusable. We are inexperienced and we have to work through those things."
Jake Nicholson led the Bulldogs with 16, while Patrick Forstmann added 11 and McCoy 10.
Mantilla led MSJ with 13 and Carranza added 12. Maddox Traynor chipped in with 10 points.
BBA took a 17-12 lead after one, but MSJ came back to tie the game at 27 at halftime.
"They shoot well and they threw a 1-3-1 trap that bothered us early," Green said. "But this one is on us. You can't turn the ball over at the clip we did tonight and expect to win games, especially close ones."
Early in the second half, MSJ scored the first five of the period, but BBA ripped off a 8-0 run, six by Nicholson and two from McCoy to retake the lead. BBA again took the lead, 41-36, after three quarters, but we're held to six points in the fourth as MSJ made their run at the end.
BBA drops to 3-5, while MSJ improves to 7-2.
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