With the score tied and 11 seconds left, Nathan Sowada stepped to the foul line for a one and one.
He made the first free throw and missed the second. But one was enough.
Sowada’s point lifted Almost Semi-Pro over Space Jam 62-61 on Thursday at the Marshall Wellness Center. Almost Semi-Pro advanced to the A Division final against the defending champion Mavericks scheduled this Thursday.
“I only made one,” Sowada said. “Stressful.”
The co-coach and point guard finished with 11 points for Almost Semi-Pro (12-6). Aaron Taylor had 16, co-coach Mitchell Dickinson 14 and Nathaniel Adams 12.
“Just teamwork all around,” Sowada said. “We had a full team here so we could sub and play hard defense. And we didn’t give up. We got down early and stuck with it.”
Will Holden had 26 with five 3-pointers for Space Jam (14-5). Jamaine Nance notched 17 while Rhyan Triplett had 12 on three 3-pointers.
“Edged us out on free throws,” Space Jam player/coach Byrd Hayes said. “They played solid, we played solid. That’s just basketball.”
Mavericks 66, Trashed Pandas 54: Kenneth Davis had 20 points with five 3-pointers and five rebounds as the Mavericks advanced to Thursday’s title defense.
A.J. Wade had 12 points and six rebounds for the Mavericks (15-3). Jeff Smith added 11 points, three rebounds and two assists.
“We kind of swung the ball around a little bit and got open shots,” Wade, a 6-foot-4 center, said. “And pressured them on defense. Really our defense ran their shooter off the 3-point line.”
Wade, from Meridian, Mississippi, played for Alabama A&M University from 2013-17.
The Mavericks built a 35-25 lead with 2:30 left in the first half and they were up 37-31 at halftime. The score was tied 41-all with 15:05 left but the Mavericks opened a 59-49 lead with six minutes to go.
“It was pretty much even the whole game and then they took the lead,” player/coach Mike Baez said. “And then we had a quick two-minute spurt where we hit a couple of 3s, got a couple of turnovers. So we sped the ball up and made them take quick shots and that led to some run-outs for us.”
Nick Haas had 12 points and three rebounds for Trashed Pandas (9-8). Chase Pendley had 11 points and six rebounds. Player/coach Deacon Aldridge added nine points and four rebounds.
“They were who we thought they were,” Aldridge said. “We played our game. They were just a little bit better than us tonight. We felt like we had that game won and we gave it to them there at the end.”
Blouses 70, Hot Cheese Soup 50: Chasen Uptain scored 26 on six 3-pointers to boost the Blouses past Hot Cheese Soup in an elimination game.
Mike Flanagan had 16, Wes Breland 12 and Josh Hillis 11 for Blouses (11-7).
Chase Clinard scored 24 as Hot Cheese Soup finished at 8-9.