By Sara Welch | Correspondent
Southeast survived a last-second shot attempt by Garfield in battling its way to a close 44-43 victory over the visiting G-Men on Friday night in a PTC County Division matchup.
"The game was back-and-forth the whole way," Southeast head coach Matt Dillon said. "We feel very fortunate that we came out with a win tonight. On that last possession they got a good look and missed the shot. Defensively our kids did everything we told them to do in the huddle. We're real proud of our kids' effort tonight."
Following back-to-back and-one conversions from Anthony Workman and Steven Lambert, respectively, Garfield trailed Southeast 42-41 with less than a minute left in the game. Workman then gave the G-Men a one-point lead, 43-42, with 18 seconds left on the clock.
The Pirates' high scorer and overall team leader, Jordan Krych, promptly answered when he put the ball on the hardwood and drove into the G-Men defense for the game-winning basket with only 3.1 seconds on the clock.
"From the time Jordan has been part of our program he's improved tremendously every year," Dillon said. "We talk about having those key players that can help us and we've been fortunate. Jordan is that kid right now that can do everything and be a leader on the floor for us."
Krych finished the game with a double-double consisting of 18 points and 12 rebounds, both game-highs. While he made tangible contributions to the Pirates' win, he also kept them alive with his intensity, his ability to communicate with and motivate his teammates, and his refusal to quit. Every turnover, every missed shot and essentially every mistake hit home for Krych. He vocalized his concern over each lost opportunity and led by example, making plays when his team needed him.
Another notable performance off Southeast's bench came from sophomore guard Corey Proctor, who knocked down a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter just as Garfield was heating up.
"Corey Proctor hit a big 3-pointer for us late in the game," Dillon said. "He's a sophomore, and for a sophomore to have the courage to take that shot we're pretty proud of him for that."
Leading the way for the G-Men was Lambert, who finished with 14 points. Lambert fueled Garfield's offense in the second half, scoring half of his team's points in the third quarter. Additionally, he finished with five steals and five rebounds.
Workman added 13 points and six rebounds for Garfield.
Southeast improved to 6-3 overall and 4-1 in the PTC County Division. Garfield fell to 2-7, 2-3.