Two years ago, when Catonsville hosted Lansdowne, the Comets won 58-50 in overtime and Greg Scarborough was a sophomore who came off the bench for the Vikings and tied the game with 40 seconds left to send the game into the extra session.
Scarborough is now a senior captain and he was probably expecting another overtime on Friday night.
But, with two seconds left in regulation and the game tied at 59-59, the Comets had the all just over halfcourt, but they couldn’t get the ball inbounds, so they called a time out.
The problem was, they didn’t have any timeouts so they were charged with a technical foul, giving Lansdowne two free throws and the ball.
Teddy Wilson sunk the second free throw for a 60-59 lead with two seconds left and Scarborough added two free throws with one tick reamioning to give the Vikings a 62-59 victory.
“I’m so happy to beat Catonsville,”said Scarborough, who led the Vikings with 17 points.
Wilson, also a senior captain, finished with 16 points.
The Vikings improved to 7-1 with the victory and the loss evened the Comets record at 4-4.
“Those guys [Scarborough and Wilson] showed up locked in as seniors,” Lansdowne coach Greg Karpers said.“They want it and I never get on them about bringing the energy, they got it every day and everyone else takes the lead from those two guys.”
Like Wilson and Scarborough, Lansdowne junior Chris Jones proved he could make clutch free throws.
In the fourth quarter, the Vikings maintained a 52-47 lead after two free throws by James Davis with 4:18 left, but the Comets stormed back on a putback by Owens and three-point play by Mark Chambers, tying the game at 52-52 with 3:40 left.
A three-pointer by Jerald Hurt was answered with a pair of baskets from Wagstaff and the Comets led 56-55 with 2:56 remaining.
Wilson’s assist to Jones put the Vikings in front, 57-56, with 1:57 left, but the Comets regained the lead, 59-57 after a three-pointer by Deonta Dunlap with 1:10 left.
That was the last points the Comets would get and the Vikings closed out the game with five free throws.
Scarborough chalked up the Vikings victory to his team’s constant motor. “It’s the energy on my team,” Scarborough said. “We all communicate well and if we all come out hard to play, we are going to come out with a win.”