Seconds after making one of the biggest shots Friday afternoon, McDonogh 35 guard Corey Robinson tried to play hero one too many times.
Or better put, at the wrong time.
With Robinson’s Roneagles leading Edna Karr by one with 10 seconds left, Robinson, left open, attempted a long 3-pointer tha rimmed out. Karr grabbed the rebound and with it, one more chance to leave with a road win. Meanwhile, Robinson’s decision to shoot versus run time off the clock puzzled and perplexed most in his home gym.
Lucky for Robinson, Karr mishandled its final attempt to rally as McDonogh 35 earned a 60-59 win.
“I may have been the only person in the gym not mad with him,” Roneagles coach Kevin Sanders said.
“I just know he wants to win so bad. It’s just he has to understand. We keep telling them during every timeout, every dead ball you need to know time and situation, and he just lost it for a moment.”
Thirty-five seconds earlier, Robinson converted a tough layup in traffic, trimming McDonogh 35’s deficit to 59-58. De’jon Jarreau then added the last of his 18 points with a putback off missed free throw, giving the Roneagles a one-point lead.
“When I saw it off the rim, I went to go get it,” Jarreau said. “I just made a play. We needed it.
“We almost gave this game away.”
Brison Gresham scored 17 points and Joseph added 12 points, including three 3-pointers for McDonogh 35 (20-11), which should move up in the power rankings in time for the postseason.
While Landry-Walker, the New Orleans Advocate’s No. 2-ranked boys team, has clinched the district championship, rankings will determine not only who reaches the playoffs, but what seed.
Karr (24-4), ranked right behind Landry-Walker, also expects to reach the playoffs. As does McDonogh 35, which earned him impressive win, albeit with moments of mayhem.
After leading for most of the game, the Roneagles ended the third quarter slow and started the fourth at the same pace. While McDonogh 35 committed three consecutive turnovers, Karr’s Tyree Thompson made consecutive 3-pointers, giving the Cougars their first lead.
“We had to pick up our defensive intensity, get some turnovers and our shots would come,” Thompson said.
Thompson finished with 10 points. Darren Hulbert led Karr with 16 points.
Karr had lost its only district games (two) to Landry-Walker — including Tuesday’s 75-57 loss to the Charging Buccaneers, before Friday’s game.