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On This Day In History | 2003

December 12, 2010

The Bears | Penn (holding ball), Harney (#4), Rooney (#13)

Just one day removed from a thrilling 57-54 win over Cold Spring Harbor, the boys basketball team won the 5th Annual Seahawks Pre-Holiday Tournament with a 50-48 victory against Class AA Patchogue-Medford.  The Bears’ prospects of winning the tournament championship seemed severely damaged as they fell behind 2-14 after one quarter.  The blue and white offense found their stride in the 2nd quarter, outscoring the Raiders 15-13, but went into the break still trailing by 10.  In a game-changing 3rd quarter the Brook used their staunch defense, bolstered by an aggressive press, to outscore Pat-Med 19-8 and take a 1 point lead going into the pivotal final quarter.  Momentum oscillated in the final frame and the game stood knotted at 48 with mere seconds left on the scoreboard.  It was a situation rife with pressure, but one that senior captain Steve Harney relished.

Harney and the Bears were in a similar situation the previous night, tied at 54 with only a few ticks left.  On a play called “Sideline Out-of-Bounds” Harney drilled a 3-pointer with just 2 seconds left on the clock to win the game.  One night later Harney would experience déjà vu as he scored a layup off of “Sideline-Out-of-Bounds” with just 7 seconds remaining.  On the ensuing play the Raiders were able to get the ball inside for what appeared to be a game-tying score, but the officials ruled that it dropped in after the buzzer, giving the Bears an electrifying victory.  Harney finished with a game-high 21 points.  Ed Rooney tallied 10 points and 5 assists while Brendan Penn chipped in with 8 points.  The Bears also hit 7 3-pointers on the night with Harney, Rooney and Penn each accounting for 2.  Harney remembered the thrilling wins:

That was a good tournament for the team.  It made us confront ourselves.





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