continued Then SAS opened a seven-point lead in the second quarter, the largest of the night for either team, behind six points from Murray. The Cobras used an 8-2 run to cut the lead to two, 25-23, at the half.
Carnegie, the Cobras second-leading scorer, went without a point in the first half. The third quarter was his, though, as the senior forward scored his team’s first seven points and blocked two shots. Grimes found itself leading 37-35 going into the fourth quarter despite shooting 26 percent on the night.
"We played badly (and) shot badly, and yet we had the lead," Haven said.
Browne and Murray put the Atoms back in front for good with four points each to open the final period, though SAS would still have to endure the drama of the final minute, mostly occurring at the foul line.
Connor Evans was the only Cobra in double figures with 13 points. Akol Ater and Tom Steinberg chipped in eight and nine points, respectively.
SAS finishes out the season with important games against Phoenix, Marcellus and Chittenango. Gokce acknowledged the importance of securing a top seed in the sectional tournament.
“I have a brand new team,” he said. “For the sectionals they are not well-experienced, so the first few rounds we can have our time and we will be ready for the semifinals hopefully.”
Grimes, meanwhile, hits the road with games against Chittenango, Westhill and Marcellus with a playoff berth secured, but much work left to do.
“We have to go 3-0,” Haven said. “Not to make it, but for our confidence.”