Tuesday’s FAA quarterfinal-round game featuring Brunswick School and Hopkins School included 17 lead changes.
Thanks to Sam Mazzullo, the Bruins had the final one.
Mazzullo’s layup with 1:05 remaining in the second half gave fourth-seeded Brunswick a 52-50 win over fifth-seeded Hopkins in the FAA Tournament quarterfinals at Dann Gymnasium. The go-ahead layup by Mazzullo came in transition.
The Bruins (6-15) advanced to play top-seeded St. Luke’s on Thursday, while the Hilltoppers end their season at 7-14.
In the closely played game, the teams exchanged the lead 17 times, while the foes combined for 34 turnovers, courtesy of aggressive defensive play.
Brunswick’s largest lead on Hopkins came at the 6:18 of the first half, as it held a 16-8 advantage following a 9-0 run.
Hopkins countered with an 8-0 spurt to tie the game at 16-16 at the 5:06 mark. The teams played close for the remainder of the half and the Hilltoppers took a 27-26 lead into halftime.
Brunswick opened the second half with a 12-5 run, building a 38-32 advantage with 11:14 to play. Forward Chisom Okpara’s six points keyed the run, while forward Colin Mulshine added four points.
Hopkins fought back and tied the game at 42-42 with a shot-clock-beating 3-pointer at the 7:40 mark.
Five lead changes followed over the next five minutes of action, including a three-pointer from Brunswick’s Kevonne Wilder at 2:48, giving the hosts a 50-48 lead.
Hopkins knotted the game at 50-50 with a pair of made free throws at 1:53.
With 1:22 left, Brunswick turned the ball over, but on the ensuing Hilltopper possession, Mazzullo stole the ball near the 3-point line and raced in for the decisive, go-ahead basket with 1:05 remaining.
Trailing 52-50, Hopkins committed an offensive foul on its next possession, turning the ball over to the Bruins with 46.7 seconds left in regulation. The Bruins worked the clock down to 26.4 before calling time out with 10 seconds left on the shot clock.
Following the time out, Brunswick missed a short jumper and Hopkins collected the rebound with 18 seconds to play.
The visitors, with two timeouts left, pushed the ball up court and worked to get an open shot. In the waning seconds, Brunswick’s Tristan Joseph knocked the ball loose and the Hilltoppers did not get a shot off, as the Bruins held on for the two-point victory.
Okpara led the Bruins with a game-high 21 points, while Joseph netted 13 and Mulshine registered nine.
Colin Gernhardt paced the Hilltoppers with 19 points, while teammate Michael Lau scored 12.