Boys Varsity Basketball: SDA V. Mission Hills
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Down by three with a minute to go, the Mustangs found themselves trailing 51-54 during the Tuesday night varsity boys basketball game against Mission Hills High School. Freshman Yarin Arbib dribbled up court and laid up the ball while being guarded by two opposing Mission Hills players.
The difficult shot fell in, and the Mustangs found themselves one point out of the lead. Senior Garrett Stone fouled the opposing team immediately after the ball was put back into play, and Mission Hills missed both free throw attempts.
With 17 seconds left, the Mustangs took a charge down-court. The ball found Arbib’s hands once again, and he took a jump shot from the upper-left side of the key. The ball swished in the net and the Mustang’s took a 55-54 lead with just six seconds left in the game.
The tension-filled final minute of the game was fueled by earlier lead changes and a strong showing from both the home and visiting crowds. The Mustangs came out strong in the first half, going into halftime with a slight lead. In the third quarter, the Mission Hills team retaliated and took the lead from the Mustangs. With the help of some timely fouls and great shooting, the Mustangs found themselves with their late fourth quarter lead.
In their final play, Mission Hills gave the ball to their biggest man on the court. He made it towards the top of the key and took the final shot, air balling under the hoop.
The home crowd poured onto the court celebrating with the team.
Mustangs won, 55-54.