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For the first 40 minutes -- that’s four quarters and two overtime sessions -- St. Ignatius sophomore Brandon Snower sat and watched his team battle against Seton Academy in a Catholic crossover game.
In the third overtime, Snower became the first substitute used by coach Rich Kehoe, and the 6-foot-3 forward made the most of it. His first touch he was open just in front of the free throw line and tied the game at 36-36.
A minute later, he gave his team the lead for good after he converted on two free throws in helping his team to a hard fought 44-41 win.
“You have to make the most of your opportunity when you are called upon,” said Snower, who barely broke a sweat. “It was definitely a confidence builder [for me].”
And another confidence builder for the No. 15 Wolfpack, who improved to 6-0 and 2-0 in the conference while handing the Sting (5-5, 2-1) its first conference loss.
Lester Larry led the Wolfpack with 17 points, while Riley Doody added 10. Christopher Seaton had 15 points to lead the Sting while Kaml Shasi had all 10 of his points in the first quarter.
Doody’s free throw with 1:39 left in regulation forced the first overtime. Larry and Seaton exchanged early three-pointers in the first overtime for the only scoring of that session. Doody hit two free throws with 21 seconds left to force the third extra session.
“We were careless with the ball down the stretch,” said Seton coach Brandon Thomas, whose team had a chance to tie with 3.8 seconds left but committed a turnover on a pass that went toward the Seton bench but with nobody within 15 feet of the ball. “Just a lack of poise from our senior guards.”
Doody and Aaron Allen each had three points in third overtime. Seaton hit a three with 7.0 seconds left to pull his team within 42-41 before Allen hit two free throws with 3.8 left.
Minnesota-bound 6-8 center Alex Foster six points and five rebounds.
“[Snower] had a great week of practice and played well in the sophomore game,” Kehoe said. “This is a confidence builder and a great success story for him.
“We saw the middle was open and we decided to get Brandon in there. They were so wide on the back line that’s why we made that move.”