PF's Zack Curran Beats Broad Run with a Buzzer Beater!
Sterling (Dec. 19, 2009) - The area's favorite melodrama played its latest episode Friday night at Potomac Falls High School and the leading man this time for the Panthers was junior Zack Curran as he hit a 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds left to give PF a key AA Dulles District boys basketball, 66-63, win over Broad Run.
Curran was just one of the stars on the Panthers center stage as PF (2-0 in district, 6-1 overall) erased a 58-49 deficit midway through the final quarter against the previously unbeaten Spartans (1-1, 6-1) with the help of three big 3-pointers and then a tenacious defense which forced three turnovers in the final minute alone.
The first big shot for Potomac Falls came after Broad Run had posted the 9-point lead as Curran, who finished with 12 points, hit a trey from the left corner that stopped BR's 8-0 run.
Kevin McGaughey led Broad Run with 20 points including an "and one" with 1:51 to go to put BR ahead 61-55. Greg Graves cut the lead to 61-57 with 1:28 to go on a put back of his own miss.
Another Spartan turnover led to Pete Simoneau's 3-pointer to trim the lead to 61-60 with one minute to go. BR got back two points with Taylor Johnson at the foul line to lead by three, 63-60, with 36.4 seconds left. Johnson finished with 17 points.
Then Lukas Mihailovich, who had a game-high 23 points and was the hero with a buzzer beater and a school record 50 points in the Panthers 111-108 triple overtime win over Stone Bridge a week earlier, dropped a tough fadeaway 3-pointer with 24.3 seconds left to tie the game.
The Spartans moved the ball down the court but the Panthers intercepted a pass and were moving the ball back up the court with 10 seconds left when they were granted timeout -- even though the PF bench was actually talking amongst themselves about how many time outs they had remaining when the officials granted it. BR had plenty of fouls to give and they fouled with four seconds left after the Panthers inbounded it.
After the next inbounds, the ball went to Curran in the right corner by the Panthers bench and he sank the shot that sent the PF fans, dressed in black, rushing the court in a happy mob of a celebration.
The officials cleared the court and put 0.9 seconds back on the clock but Johnson's three-quarters court shot smashed off the backboard and fell away as the celebration restarted.
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PF's Lukas Mihailovich Hits a Fadeaway 3-Pointer with 24.3 Seconds Left and Then the Panthers Steal the Ball with 10 Seconds Left!
Potomac Falls Junior Zack Curran on his Buzzer Beater with 0.9 Seconds Left
Broad Run coach John Costello
Potomac Falls coach Jeff Hawes