Stradley hits OT winner at the horn
|Gresham ... OT|
Milwaukie's Dustin Stradley was in the right place at the right time in overtime.
Stradley scored a basket as the final horn sounded, lifting the Mustangs to a 69-68 home win over the Gresham Gophers in summer boys' basketball action last week at Milwaukie High School.
Ethan Abrahamson gave the Gophers a chance down the stretch when he converted a baseline drive to pull Gresham within a point in the final minute of overtime. Rather than work the foul game, the Gophers focused their efforts on getting a turnover.
That strategy paid off when Daello Portin-Chapman tipped a pass in the backcourt, and teammate Eric Puklic pulled it out of the air near midcourt. He quickly fed the ball ahead to Abrahamson, who was still lingering under the basket. He put the ball off the glass to put the Gophers on top 68-67 with six seconds left.
Milwaukie rushed down the floor with Adrian Gama moving down the left side before whipping a pass through the lane to James Lumanglass, who was waiting on the block. The ball came in hot and slipped through his hands with two ticks left.
Fortunately for the Mustangs, Stradley was trailing the play, the ball found its way into his hands, and he put up a quick shot that fell through the net as the horn sounded.
"It was pretty lucky with the ball coming right to me," Stradley said. "I was just happy the shot went in."
The teams traded the lead six times over the final few minutes.
The Gophers battled back from 17 points down in the third quarter to create the fantastic finish.
Gresham's first eight points of the second half came from the free-throw line — five of them by center Syrus Sagiao — before Portin-Chapman hit the team's first bucket midway through the third quarter with a fadeaway from the elbow. Sagiao blocked a shot at the other end, and Abrahamson came down and hit a pull-up in the lane.
Moments later, Abrahamson swiped a Mustangs' cross-court pass and was fouled on his way to the hoop. He sank one free throw, then connected on 3 from the sideline to make it a one-possession game heading into the fourth quarter.
Gresham's Drew Larsen sank a long ball out of the corner, and Sam Igbanagwam dribbled into the lane before leaving a bounce pass for Lucas Lively, who converted the layup to put the Gophers up 55-52 as the clock moved under five minutes.
Milwaukie stayed within reach when Lumanglas sank a 3-pointer, then put on a series of spin moves to find his way to the rim for a layup.
"We had to be clutch during that stretch," Lumanglas said. "We were getting good movement, and I used that to get open."
Stradley dribbled through traffic and converted a layup at the far side of the rim to tie the score 63-63 with 1:07 to left in regulation.
Milwaukie attempted a clear-out for Stradley at the end of regulation only to see his shot rim out with two seconds left. Stradley would get another look to win the game when he picked off a Gophers' inbounds pass near the center circle. He had space to measure up a halfcourt heave, but it too went off the side of the rim to send the game to overtime.