Bay Area Wins Third in a Row, 3-0 in 2012 under Coach Topp
Severn, MD (January 29, 2012) – The expansion Bay Area Shuckers are building their history one game at a time and last night they added another electrifying chapter as they defeated the Beltway Bombers 149 to 148 in overtime.
Led by 43 points from Adrian Bowie, 38 from Terry Hosley, and 25 points and 19 rebounds by Earl Jackson the Shuckers earned their third straight win to even their record at 3-3. The game winning basket came on a goaltending call against the Bombers with 5.8 seconds left in overtime. With plenty of time left on the clock for a winning rally by the Bombers, tight defense by Jackson forced a last second shot by the Bombers to fall short and secure the win for Bay Area.
The Shuckers travelled to the Bombers for their first game in franchise history on December 3rd, which resulted in a resounding 151-114 win by the Bombers. Just two weeks later Beltway ruined the Shuckers home debut with a 132-115 pounding of the Shuckers.
From the opening minutes of the game Saturday night it was obvious this match-up would be different. With an Adrian Bowie three-pointer sandwiched by two Lamarr Shorts field goals, the Shuckers grabbed an early 7-0 lead. The Bombers battled back to move ahead 18-17 with 6:06 left in the first quarter before the Shuckers went on another run to finish the quarter with a 36-27 lead.
With early baskets from Bowie and Hosley the Shuckers ran their lead up to 10, but the Bombers held strong and took a 49-47 advantage with 5:40 remaining in the half. The Shuckers then outscored Beltway 17-11 in the final minutes of the second period to take a 64-60 halftime lead.
In the half Hosley led the way with 19 points and Jackson added 12 points and nine rebounds. The third period followed the same pattern as the first two as the teams continued to go to toe to toe and the Bombers took the lead at 73-72 at the 7:20 mark of the third. The Bombers also finished the quarter with an 8-1 run to have their biggest lead of the night 98-91 as the third period drew to a close.
In the fourth the Bombers pushed their lead to nine (100-91) before the Shuckers rallied on a Derek Savage two-pointer at the 7:23 mark and Bay Area was up 111-109. In a game that experienced 25 ties the Bombers and Shuckers were knotted up five times in the next two minutes before the Bombers turned a 118-118 tie to a 127-122 edge with just 3:40 left in regulation. At the 27 second mark Savage hit two clutch free throws to provide the Shuckers a 133-131 advantage. After a Bombers lead on a Jamaal White score and follow-up free throw after an Earl Jackson foul the Bombers were up 134-133 with 21 seconds to go.
Adrian Bowie then converted two free throws to give Bay Area a 135-134 lead with 12 seconds remaining. The Bombers Mike Lewis then converted on the first of two shots to knot the game at 135 all to end regulation.
The teams took turns exchanging leads in the five minute overtime period before a fast break by Bowie gave the Shuckers a 143-139 lead with 2:50 left in the game. After a Bombers 7-2 run, Beltway held a 146-145 lead with 1:04 showing on the clock.
The teams exchanged free throws by Bowie and a two-pointer by Stacy Daniels to give the Bombers a 148-147 edge with 18 seconds left. Hosley then went to the hoop with a looping shot that was ruled a goaltending foul on the Bombers and the Shuckers held a 149-148 lead with 5.8 seconds on the clock. After an out of bounds play the Bombers inbounded and facing tight defense from Earl Jackson, Jamaal White’s shot fell short as the horn sounded.
On the night the Shuckers outshot the Bombers 50.4% to 49.1% from the field and 73.8% to 54.4% from the line. Adrian Bowie led all scorers with 43 points and Hosley added 38 for the Shuckers. Earl Jackson was named the Coffee News Player of the Game for his 25 point and 19 rebound performance.
Llewellyn Smalley also contributed double digit points with 12 while Mike McKenzie bolstered the Bay Area offense with 12 assists. Derek Savage hauled in 12 rebounds.
Defending ACPBL most valuable player Hugh Jones led the Bombers with 43 and 12 rebounds and Jamaal White also had a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds.
After a bye week the Shuckers (3-3) return to action against the New York City 524 (3-3) on Saturday, February 11th at 7:00 PM at the Kilby Canter on the campus of Annapolis Area Christian School in Severn.