Fords advance to CC semifinals with 61-60 victory
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Cam Baker netted 19 points, including his team's final three, to lead Haverford to a 61-60 victory over McDaniel in the first round of the 2011 Centennial Conference (CC) men's basketball tournament on Wednesday.
The fifth-seeded Fords (14-11) built a six-point advantage with 2:00 to play before thwarting a rally by the fourth-seeded Green Terror (13-13) to advance to the conference semifinals and will take on top-seeded Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.
Sam Permutt added a double-double for Haverford with 18 points and 12 rebounds to go with five of the Fords' nine blocked shots.
Devon Lesniak (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill), who was named a second-team All-CC selection on Wednesday, led McDaniel with team highs of 19 points and eight rebounds while Cullen Murray-Kemp (Trappe, Md./Easton) added 13 points and six boards.
After Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) hit a layup to give the Green Terror a 52-50 advantage with 4:57 to play, Permutt knotted the game for the ninth time 31 seconds later and then converted the ensuing free throw for the 12th, and final, lead change.
Baker stretched the lead to three before Ian Goldberg canned a 3-pointer with 2:00 to play to give the visitors a 52-52 lead.
Lesniak hit layups on back-to-back Green Terror possessions to draw the hosts within two with 1:05 on the clock.
Out of a timeout with 1:03 to play, the Fords went deep and an intentional foul was called. Baker converted the first of the two free throws and then hit a 14-foot floater with 49.2 seconds on the clock to stretch the advantage back to five.
On the next McDaniel possession, Michael Jarboe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) found a wide-open Marcus Dyson (Scotch Plains, N.J./Union Catholic) for a layup to make it a 61-58 game with 33.6 seconds on the clock.
The Green Terror forced a turnover to get the ball back with 30.7 seconds left and Lesniak hit a slicing layup with 18.4 seconds on the clock to make it a one-point game.
Haverford missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 16.5 seconds showing and Murray-Kemp corralled the rebound.
McDaniel had a look at the game-winning layup inside the final five seconds but fumbled the pass. The Green Terror was still able to get off a 15-foot jumper but it bounced out and Permutt grabbed the board to secure the win.
A Brett Cohen layup with 10:42 to play in the first half capped a 10-0 Ford run that gave the visitors an 18-8 advantage.
A Jarboe pull-up 3-pointer off a steal closed the deficit to 18-17 just 2:55 later.
Another Jarboe triple with 4:59 remaining knotted the game at 22-all.
Goldberg responded with a trey of his own and Baker capped an 8-2 burst with a 3-pointer.
Buckets from Dyson and Murray-Kemp pulled the hosts within two with the ball in the final 30 seconds. A missed front end of a 1-and-1 gave the ball back to Haverford and Louis Cipiano canned a 3-pointer right before the first-half buzzer to make it a 33-28 game.
A Lesniak fast-break layup gave the Green Terror a 40-38 lead with 13:53 to play in the game before Haverford countered with an 8-0, keyed by six points from Permutt.
A 6-0 McDaniel countered knotted the game at 46-all and the teams traded baskets before the Fords' game-clinching run.
Jarboe finished with nine points and five assists.