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WATERBURY >> Mustapha Heron’s long jumper at the buzzer lifted No. 1-seeded and top-ranked Sacred Heart to a thrilling 68-66 victory over rival Crosby in the NVL Championship game at Wilby’s Reggie O’Brien Gym.
Sacred Heart trailed for almost the entire game and by as much as nine points. But the Hearts finally tied the score late and taking the lead, 66-64, on an Isaiah Rascoe basket with a minute left. Earlier, the Hearts’ Malik Petteway had fouled out of the game.
Crosby tied the score with 40 seconds left on a Ty Sands putback.
But Sacred Heart held the the ball for the final shot.
After a timeout Heron, the junior Pittsburgh commit, created magic. He weaved around defender Clevon Bristol, pumped and took the shot that bounced on the back of the rim, then the front and fell in. Though it’s possible he might have committed a backcourt violation before hoisting up his historic shot, it wasn’t called and Sacred Heart took home the trophy for the first time since 2003.
Sands, a sophomore guard, led Crosby with 23 points. Petteway had 12 points for the Hearts.
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