Brother Martin sophomore Bruce Jordan-Swilling spoiled Rummel’s senior night, and Raiders coach Troy Holley’s birthday by sinking a layup as the clock expired in overtime to give the Crusaders a thrilling 47-45 victory Friday night.
After Rummel had just hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with under 30 seconds remaining, Irv Smith launched a long jumper that was too strong, but Jordan-Swilling was right there for the rebound and the put back.
“I just got myself in a good rebounding position,” said Jordan-Swilling who scored six points. “I saw the ball coming off the goal, and I just hurried up and put it back in because I knew we didn’t have enough time to set up the offense.”
The Crusaders improved to 20-8, while Rummel dropped to 19-9.
“We showed a little character tonight,” Brother Martin coach Chris Biehl said. “I don’t think I did a good job coaching the boys tonight. I don’t think I had them ready... but at the end of the day the kids stepped up.”
Brother Martin led most of the game, with a lead of as large as 10 points in the first half. However, poor second-half shooting from the floor and the free-throw line combined with personal fouls piling up in the second half helped Rummel to take the lead late in the fourth quarter.
Part of the reason why Brother Martin struggled was Smith, the game’s leading scorer with 21 points, was forced to sit out most of the second half because he was “under the weather.”
“He stopped sweating,” Biehl said. “When he stopped sweating, I was more worried about his personal health than a basketball game.”
Smith recuperated enough to go back into the game with 2:30 left in regulation and played most of the remaining time.
Brother Martin will take on the Shaw on Monday. Rummel will wrap up their season at St. Augustine.