Boys basketball: Eddy’s late 3-pointer propels Patriots past Warriors
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington standout Luke Eddy thought he had turned into a bricklayer instead of a basketball player on Tuesday night.
Eddy kept shooting and missing to the tune of 22 failed attempts, most coming from point-blank range. When the Patriot senior decided to try from the outside, things got even worse, including misses on his first nine 3-point attempts.
However, with the game on the line, Eddy showed exactly why he is a Player of the Year candidate, draining what proved to be the game-winning 3-pointer with 1:05 remaining in game.
Eddy's late game heroics and game-high 29 points helped GW (10-3) escape with a thrilling 60-57 home victory over Riverside (6-10) in boys high school basketball action.
"I couldn't make anything," Eddy said. "I was missing layups and 3s. I pretty much build a house with all my bricks out there. Finally, I was able to make a big shot. It was the only three I made the whole night. I'm just happy it went in and we won it."
GW led 55-50, but Riverside's Tamar Lawson hit a 3-pointer and Marcus Reed's driving layup with 1:30 left tied the score.
After a Patriot timeout, Eddy stepped behind a screen and calmly drilled the contested 3 from the top of the key, giving GW a three-point lead, one it wouldn't relinquish.
Despite seeing his standout player suffer through a 12-for-34 shooting night, including 1-of-10 from 3-point range, it was never any doubt from GW Coach Rick Greene who was getting the ball for his Patriots.
"He could go 0-for-something, but if the clock is ticking down, I'm fine with him shooting," Greene said. "Everybody on this team and in this locker room has total trust in him. We are glad he is taking it. I'll live and die by it.
Greene indicated Eddy never loses his confidence.
"It wasn't one of his better games, but he still found a way to make a shot. It makes you look good as a coach. But it's about Luke and the players. He's wired right. He knows how to win. He is willing to take the responsibility of stepping up and taking that shot.
Riverside Coach Dusty Herscher was quick to give all the credit to Eddy.
"That last 3 was obviously a huge shot and he will probably be the player of the year," Herscher said. "Hats off to Luke. That's a heck of a three. Tie ball game, seconds left, and you pull from 3, that's tough."
After Eddy's 3-pointer, Reed hit a driving layup with 10 seconds to cut the deficit to just one, but Eddy drained both free throws with 7.6 seconds remaining.
Reed raced up court and hoisted up a contested 3-pointer for the tie with about four seconds left, but it bounced off the rim. GW's Austin Breeden rebounded the miss and ran out the clock on the Warriors.
"They closed off on 33 (Josh Butcher)," Herscher said. "It wasn't the look I wanted. Then he (Reed) fired it up there, and at that point, all you can do is watch, and pray."
Reed finished with a team-high 20 points, including 17 in the second half while Nick Light added 16 points, 14 of which came in the first half.
"Marcus could be one of the best players in the state, offensively," Herscher said. "He just doesn't have the mindset to take over yet. He did in the second half and it showed with 17 points. If he would do that from the opening tip all the way through, he could be right up there with Luke."
Cameron Hoston had a solid game to help Eddy and the Patriots with 14 points and 12 rebounds.