Jones’ buzzer-beater lifts Lower Merion past Penncrest

By Zach Drapkin

With 8.4 seconds to go in a tie game, Lower Merion head coach Gregg Downer knew exactly whose number he was going to call.

Having held for the final shot, the Aces put the ball in the hands of senior wing Terrell Jones to break the deadlock with Penncrest and send them to the Central League championship game.

“You try to get your best player the ball in that situation,” Downer said. “He’s our best player and you try to give him the opportunity to make a play.”

Terrell Jones (above, in Jan.) delivered Lower Merion a win over Penncrest in the Central league semis. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

After inbounding the ball to point guard Steve Payne, Jones dashed to the left wing, circled back behind Payne to take the dribble-handoff, and darted towards the lane.

He was supposed to take it to the rim, but with a Penncrest defender draped all over him, Jones decided to pull up and, falling backward, let one fly.

“It’s not my first time being around last-second shots, so I felt confident,” Jones said. “Whenever I got an open look, I was going to shoot it.”

The shot flew through the net just as the clock hit zero.

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