Posted by John Raffel on March 8th, 2019
KINGSTON — “It was one of the most incredible comebacks I’ve ever been a part of.”
Those were the words of Crossroads Charter Academy assistant boys basketball coach Trevor Wickes after the Cougars made an heroic comeback in defeating Fulton 49-44 on Thursday in Kingston for the school’s first ever Division 4 boys regional championship
Cody Carlson hit the winning 3-pointer with 15 seconds to play.
Crossroads (23-1) now advances to the state quarterfinal game 7 p.m. on Tuesday night at Cadillac against Frankfort (19-5).
Fulton (12-11) ends its season, but it looked like for most of the game the Pirates would be advancing.
A cold-shooting Crossroads team found itself behind 11-0 after the first quarter and 31-17 at halftime. The Pirates went into the fourth with a 40-29 lead, but then the Cougar defense buckled down.
CCA held Fulton to four fourth-quarter points, all on free throws, for a 20-4 scoring advantage in the final eight minutes to take the win.
Britton Angell led Crossroads with 19 points, followed by Jackson Wickes with 13, Isaac Slomp with eight and Cody Carlson with six. Ethan Davis added three.
“We were in a comeback mode the entire game with the start we had,” Trevor Wickes said. “With 30 seconds to go, it was tied 44-44, Britton dribbled up the court and they poked the ball from him. Jackson got it, went to the hoop and missed. He got the rebound and missed.”
Ethan Davis got the offensive board and passed it to Carlson who made the 3-pointer for a 47-44 lead.
Fulton missed its shot and Jackson Wickes got the rebound. He was fouled with five seconds to go and sank both the free throws to clinch the dramatic win.
The slow start for CCA was due to nervousness, Trevor Wickes said. Fulton was also hot from the 3-point range, scoring 21 of its first-half 31 points on seven triples.
“We switched to a man-to-man and the boys shut them down in the second half,” Wickes said. “The defense made the offense. We just kept fighting back. The boys kept believing in them and that comes from the bench players. Everybody kept believing. As much credit goes to the bench as anyone else.”