MANSFIELD — Mansfield Legacy tried to complete a 10-point, fourth-quarter comeback but saw its efforts roll just off the rim as time expired, leaving Arlington Seguin with a 43-41 victory Friday night at Legacy High School.
With less than 10 seconds remaining, Legacy tried a layup that rolled across the front of the rim. As the ball fell off the outside of the basket the horn sounded, ending Legacy’s comeback dream.
Every worst-case scenario ran through Seguin coach Robert Thigpen’s mind as the ball ventured around the rim.
“I’m thinking they are going to get the rebound and put it back in,” he said. “I don’t know if the horn went off or what. I thought we fouled him, but it didn’t get called, luckily. He didn’t get to shoot free throws and the game was over.”
While Legacy (9-8, 2-3 in District 15-4A) controlled the game’s tempo by pulling play into a slower, half-court game, Seguin (10-7, 5-0) was successful in spreading out Legacy’s offense with its speed on defense.
As Legacy found it couldn’t get penetration on the defense, it was forced to settle for low-percentage shots, falling right into Thigpen’s game plan.
“Normally they wouldn’t take those. They would take their time and run their offense and get a better shot,” he said. “Fortunately we were able to speed them up a bit and make them take a couple of quick shots and get the rebounds.”
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