Sunday, January 18, 2009

Hackett leads team to victory

I was already drafting the post I was going to write as Daniel Hackett missed two free throws that would have put the Trojans up by one late in last night's game.
"Hackett chokes again."

"Daniel Hackett is the antonym of clutch."
Nightmarish flashbacks from last season's Memphis game cluttered my head. Hackett missing yet another potential game winning free throw. Thankfully I wont have to write that post.

After missing two crucial free throws, Hackett put the team on his shoulders, determined not to lose the game. Hackett nailed a clutch jumper with 15 seconds left on the clock to tie the game at 64. The Men of Troy forced an Arizona turnover with less than 4 seconds left on the clock. Hackett received the ball on the inbound play and drove the ball down the sideline before being fouled with 1.2 seconds left on the clock. With thousands of hearts pounding and fingers crossed, Hackett nailed the first free throw putting the Trojans up by one. Hackett intentionally missed the second and Jordan Hills last second heave fell short, giving the Trojans the 65-64 win.

Dwight Lewis and Keith Wilkinson played extremely well. Leonard Washington made his return, after sitting 4 games with a high ankle sprain. He played well despite getting posterized by Jordan Hill. The Trojans are now 12-5 overall and 3-2 in conference. They head up to Washington next week to face the Washington schools and will be at the Galen Center the following week against the Bay Area schools.

Fight On!

Beat the Huskies!

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