Andover Central boys hit final second shot to upset Bishop Carroll
Bishop Carroll entered the sub-state championship with a 21-0 record, the top seed. It was a neck-and-neck game the entire time with multiple lead changes.
Up until 30 seconds left in the game, it looked like Carroll was going to win it. A last second three-pointer from Jerome Washington changed that and sealed the 61-59 win for Andover Central.
Andover Central senior Jerome Washington said,"Coach told me to set a pick for X, slip it, X was covered, he told me to shoot it. That's what I did."
Andover Central's head coach Jesse Herrmann said, "X made the perfect pass back to Rome and Rome was on fire tonight, so what a win and I'm so happy for our guys."
Andover Central senior Xavier Bell said, "It was unreal. He was wide open and he knocked it down, I knew he could and he's done it all season, so just for him to do it and make it, it was just surreal."
"Tonight we beat a great team and to do it the way we did it, with 36 seconds left, the game looked over. Seven down, we needed a key turnover," said Herrmann.
Washington said, "Throughout the last couple weeks, we've been focusing more on our defense and that's all we did."
"I think for a lot of possessions tonight, we made them get out of what they wanted to do and if anybody watched out first game against them, they did what ever they wanted," said Herrmann. "So just feels good to see the improvement."
"Just hang loose. We didn't really have anything to lose, especially with the record we've had and the season we've had overall," said Bell. "I know a lot of people came into this game, kind of thinking we weren't going to do so well, we weren't going to stay in or around but I just trusted the guys and we got the job done."
Xavier Bell (32) and Jerome Washington (19) combined for 51 of the Jags 61 total points. Central’s defensive effort as a team that punched the ticket to state for the Jaguars. The Jaguars held the Golden Eagles to 11 points in the third quarter.
Alex Littlejohn led Carroll with 18 points and Enrique Lankford followed that up with 17.