Los Angeles Preps: Justin Knowles
March, 5, 2011
By Tim Haddock | ESPNLosAngeles.com
SANTA ANA -- Flintridge Prep coach Garrett Ohara summed up the CIF Southern Section Division 5AA boys' basketball championship game in one sentence.
“Points were at a premium,” he said.
In the final two minutes of the game, they were about as scarce as finding a reasonable price for gas.
Jared Nosworthy made 1-of-2 free throws to break a 44-44 tie with a little more than two minutes to play and Flintridge Prep held on for a 47-44 victory over Muir at Mater Dei High School on Saturday.
Freshman Robert Cartwright gave Flintridge Prep a three-point lead, 47-44, with 1:32 to play. Those were the only points scored in the final 2:30.
Playing with four fouls for most of the second half, Nosworthy scored 14 points and made 6-of-9 free throws. Ohara said Nosworthy isn’t one of his better players from the free-throw line, but made his shots count against Muir.
“He played his best game at the right time,” Ohara said.
Cartwright scored only seven points in the game, but none were bigger than the two he scored at the end of the game.
Nosworthy said he didn’t think his free throw and Cartwright’s basket would be the last points scored. Both teams traded baskets and leads with a flurry in the third quarter.