Rosser's buzzer beater keeps East Kentwood's perfect season aliveBasketball  |
Hudsonville – Its undefeated season on the line, East Kentwood, ranked No. 3 in Class A, needed someone special to step up and take the final shot with the score tied in the closing moments of regulation.
No surprise that it was junior Micah Rosser.
Rosser asked East Kentwood coach Jeff Anama to let him take the last shot while the Falcons huddled with 7.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter during a timeout to set up one final shot on Tuesday. And for the third time in a magical season, Rosser delivered with a game-winning 3-point shot.
It clinched a dramatic come-from-behind 52-49 victory in the highly competitive Ottawa Kent Conference Red Division.
East Kentwood (18-0) clinched first place at 9-0 with one division game left.
“I asked for the ball to get it in in the backcourt," Rosser said "I just sized my man up. He was stopping me from getting to the basket, so I pulled up. In the timeout, I said just let me get the ball and do what I can do to win the game.
“I knew it was good as soon as I shot it. I really like those moments. I like when we have pressure on us. I like to step up and take those kinds of shots. It's really special.”
This was expected to be East Kentwood's toughest test before the state tournament and Hudsonville (11-7, 6-3 OK Red) did its part in an attempt to play the spoiler.
The Eagles, playing in front of a large crowd on its home court, held the Falcons to just 1-of-11 shooting from the field in the first half.
East Kentwood, which trailed 24-12 at the intermission, scored the first basket of the game following an offensive rebound, but didn't hit another field goal until the third quarter. The Falcons had a scoreless stretch of more than 7:30 at one point and had only three points on free throws in the final 3:01 of the second quarter.
A late third-quarter run featured