February 14, 2013

Smart completes NAC's comeback

ELLENBURG — Brady Smart only made one basket Wednesday, but it made all the difference.

Smart’s putback with about five seconds left lifted Northern Adirondack to a 59-57 comeback win over Seton Catholic in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys’ basketball.

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After trailing by six at halftime, the Bobcats tied the score in the third quarter. But the Knights pulled ahead by 12 early in the fourth.

“At that point, I thought we were in real deep trouble — just the look on my kids’ faces,” Northern Adirondack coach Nate Bilow said. “We were down for most of the fourth, and the kids didn’t quit playing. They battled back.”

Leading 57-56 with 30 seconds left, Seton Catholic missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Northern Adirondack turned the ball over at the other end and had to foul, and the Knights again failed to add to their lead at the foul line.

The Bobcats called a play for Daniel Burger, who drew a foul. Burger knotted the game at 57 and then missed his second free throw. But Smart grabbed the rebound and scored the go-ahead bucket.

Seton Catholic got off a shot at the other end, but it rimmed out.

Burger finished with a game-high 19 points as well as 10 rebounds. Colby Sayah had 18 points and five assists, and Alden Kerr played a strong game, totaling 14 points. Smart had six blocks and seven rebounds.

Keagen Briggs put up 17 points for Seton Catholic, while Adam Tedford and Kaden Baugh both scored 14.

The Bobcats got a boost from the crowd on Senior Night.

“I’d never seen the gym at Northern Adirondack, the support from the student section that we got,” Bilow said. “I really think that the emotion of the crowd helped our kids with momentum.

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