While it’s better to be lucky than good, as the saying goes, North Douglas’ Jake Gerrard had just enough of both to propel the Warriors to a win on Friday night at home.
After teammate Caleb Parks’ three-pointer bounced off, Gerrard grabbed an offensive board and got a shot in the lane off before time expired to beat Elkton 59-57 at the buzzer.
“I was thinking, I just need to get the rebound, hopefully it takes the correct bounce and then do what I can do with it in 1.5 seconds. It was lucky, really lucky,” said Gerrard.
“I was like, good luck, see if my prayer comes through here and I’ll be darned, it did.”
Friday’s win, coupled with Saturday’s 72-34 victory over New Hope Christian locked the Warriors into the second seed at the district tournament. The team will host the three seed from the South next Tuesday.
“Jake went in there and got the biggest rebound of the game and put it up and it went in. It was awesome,” said North Douglas head coach Tyler Vancil.
For the Warriors, they felt that they should have not been in the position to need a last second shot.
“We had a 10 point lead going into the fourth and I said hey, let’s extend that and then they started hitting threes and we couldn’t get a shot down here and they just brought it right back. They were fighting hard,” said Vancil.
For the Elks it was Brad Doudna, who finished with 24 points, leading the charge. In the final two minutes of the game it was his teammate Mason Cox who hit a pair of threes that tied the game at 57.
“Our defensive intensity picked up a bit and to our kids credit they battled through. They didn’t get their heads down; they didn’t get frustrated and you know they just kept chugging away,” said Elkton head coach Gary Trout. “And making shots certainly helps but we were getting good looks and we were running our offense to get them. Got to be pleased with that.”
The Warriors were led by Parks with 14 points, Kyle Bowen with 11 and Gerrard with 10.