The last thing the Staples High School boys' basketball team wanted was a letdown as it came off what could be a season-changing win last week over Brien McMahon. But Staples came close as it saw a 15-point lead evaporate against Fairfield Warde in the third quarter of Monday night's game. The two teams traded shots in a wild final minute, but Staples held on for its second straight win, 61-60.
"It was pretty crazy the way it ended. It seemed like whoever had the last possession would win," Staples tri-captain Luke Yeager said. "We took it a little easy on the defensive end, thinking we would breeze through this game. But they really pushed our limit."
Staples held a 48-33 lead late in the third quarter, but Warde found momentum and put together an 11-1 run to pull within three. The Mustangs drew some key fouls late in the fourth and briefly took a one-point lead. Staples answered back quickly.
The Wreckers' ability to make their free throws and a three-point assault by Luke Yeager and Mike Argosh proved to be the difference, as they went seven-for-10 from beyond the arc. Yeager nailed a clutch three with 50 seconds to play, and Gabe Seidman provided the go-ahead point from the foul line. Warde drew a foul on the ensuing possession, but Kareem Mundle could not convert on his free throws. Staples killed the clock and sealed a dramatic win.
"We were pretty much going shot-for-shot with us in that last quarter," Seidman said. "With such a slim lead, you have to hit your free throws and just be smart really."
Seidman scored a game high 23 points, including seven-for-11 in free throws. Argosh finished with 16 points, while Yeager put up 11.
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