In a game that included problems with the clock operation and arguing over the National Rookie League rules, Frank Mcqueen's baseline jumper gave the Baltimore Blaze a 99-96 victory over the Washington Justice last night at Towson Center.
Mcqueen's shot came with what appeared to be 1.5 seconds remaining. However, the officials added three seconds on the clock, giving the Justice one more chance. Washington turned the ball over and the Blaze wrapped up the game with a free throw.
Mcqueen led the Blaze (3-1) with a game-high 31 points, including seven three-pointers. Mcqueen had the green light to shoot in the second half, putting up a shot on every touch.
"I was mad how we played in the first half, so I wanted to pick up the intensity," Mcqueen said. "I hate losing, so I put the team on my back and took over the game.
"The game-winning shot was a well-designed play. I set a screen, then rolled to the baseline. I was going to take the three, but I noticed that we only needed two."
The game was a homecoming of sorts for Justice coach Reggie Williams, who played at Dunbar and Georgetown.
Tony Parham led the Justice with 17 points, and teammate Kevin Thompson added 15.
The crowd was larger than at the Blaze's previous home game and was vocal the entire fourth quarter. Baltimore rebounded from a loss to Philadelphia earlier in the week. Blanchard Hurd (Loyola) led the Blaze in that game with 30 points and had 12 last night.
Jimmy Fields, who played at Gilman and Morgan State, added 12 points.