Just when it seemed as though the Sudbury Five wouldn’t have their way, something else went wrong.
With only 1:46 left in their visit to Budweiser Gardens in London on Thursday night and with the host Lightning nursing a seven-point lead, the Five’s shot clock went out, potentially hampering their bid for a late rally
“Me and the opposing coach came together, and the ref told us what had happened, and I said, ‘We’re going to shoot so fast, we don’t need a shot clock,’” recalled Logan Stutz, Sudbury’s head coach. “The other coach said, ‘All right, fine, we’ll play without it,’ and I said, ‘OK, good,’ and that’s exactly what we did.”
Sure enough, Five guard Jarryn Skeete drained a three-pointer, and after London missed on its next possession, he hit another trey to make it a one-point game.
With the PA announcer counting down the remaining time, London missed yet again from the field, allowing Sudbury’s Marlon Johnson to drive the hoop and lay in the deciding basket, with just three seconds to play, in a 117-116 comeback victory.