His team’s best rebounder had fouled out when the home clock started to malfunction. A meeting of the minds convened at the scorer’s table, and Terran Hamm wanted in.
The game’s officials agreed that 1 minute, 21 seconds remained. Hamm lobbied for three minutes.
He lost. Eventually, so did his team.
Academy Park’s first trip to the District One Class AAAA tournament in six seasons ended in a first-round loss to Pennsbury, 81-68.
The Knights never quite put it all together. Cyrie Spencer, who fouled out in the game’s final 81 seconds, had 14 of his 16 points in the first half, with Hamm having to sit with three personal fouls. Then Hamm scored all of his team-leading 26 points after the break. And Travis Smith, their leading scorer, finished with five points — 12 off his regular-season pace.