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With seven seconds left, Mike Lawrence hits a layup to give Ridgewood the win.
By DAVID MURPHY
Published December 12, 2007
NEW PORT RICHEY - With about 18 seconds remaining Tuesday and Ridgewood trailing by a point, Mike Lawrence took the outlet pass and thought one thing.
"I was just trying to win it," the Rams senior said, "some how, some way."
Lawrence did just that, weaving his way downcourt and into the lane before hitting a layup with seven seconds remaining to give the undefeated Rams a 70-69 win over Land O'Lakes in Class 5A, District 7 action.
The Gators, who held their only lead for exactly 11 seconds, had a good look at a game-winning shot, but Charles Davis' shot from the right wing rattled in and out at the buzzer.
Ridgewood, which had out-scored each opponent by at least 15 points in its first six games, was in control for much of the first half. Guard Alvin Satram hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 as the Rams took a 43-32 lead into the locker room. Satram finished with 23.
But Land O'Lakes 5-2, 3-1 was suffocating on defense for most of the last two quarters, holding Ridgewood to just 27 points in the second half. Guard PJ Potts hit a 3-pointer with 28 seconds remaining in the third quarter then got a fastbreak layup off a steal on the next possession to cut the Gators' deficit to 53-49 with 13 seconds left in the third quarter.
With 6:13 remaining in the game, Jerome Harrison hit a 3-pointer that jump-started a 9-2 run that saw Land O'Lakes cut the score to 63-60. The Gators tied the score at 66 a few minutes later on a putback by Mike Espinosa.
With 18.8 seconds remaining and the score tied at 68, Potts hit a free throw to give LOL a 69-68 lead. After he missed the second, Ridgewood coach Gary Anders decided not to call timeout, instead leaving Lawrence to dribble downcourt and create his own shot.