PELHAM, N.Y. Pelhams Lance Stokes drove inside and had a potential tying shot within reach. Instead, he kicked the ball out to Pat Condy at the top of the arc.
Condy, who had been off and on from three-point range, let the ball go and held his breath.
I felt it, but I was still, Oh my God. Oh my God. Is this going to go in, Condy said. And then it went in and I just got so ecstatic.
Condys third three pointer of the game gave the Pelham Pelicans boys' basketball team a 49-48 win over Ardsley in overtime in what had been a back-and-forth affair for the better part of the afternoon. Pelham (11-5) defeated Ardsley for the third time this season.
Ardsley tied the game at 46 to force overtime thanks in no small part to some abysmal free throw shooting by Pelham. The Pelicans were 7-for-22 from the line, 2-for-14 in the fourth quarter and overtime.
But Condy stepped up in a game in which both Matt Henson and Keshaun Stallworth did not play. He said after the game that such a win gives a tremendous confidence boost to his team.
It gives us a lot of confidence," Condy said. "It shows that other guys on the team can score and contribute to the game other than just Matt and Keshaun.
Condy finished with 11 points to lead Pelham. Zack Rollins finished with 10 points, while Lance Stokes and Jon Miller each added nine.
Ardsley coach Andy Beames said his words to his players after the game will be ones of encouragement.
I plan on telling them that Im proud of them, Beames said. They worked hard today. We did a lot of good things. We just missed a couple of shots that were key shots.
Ardsley had a chance to win the game in the final seconds after Condys three but missed two layups under the basket. Gabe Kardish led the Panthers with 15 points. Jake Liebersohn added 12 and Brendan Grant chipped in 10 points.
Pelham coach Mark Finegan, who was extremely animated on the sidelines throughout the game, was just happy with the win.
They defended pretty well. They kept them under 50 and gave ourselves a chance to win, Finegan said. Making a free throw once in a while is good also, but you cant ask for too much.
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