By Josh Verlin
Austin Laughlin turned the corner inside Lower Merion’s Kobe Bryant Gymnasium and sprinted down the sideline, trying to outrun the mob. It was the final heroic effort he’d make on a night filled with them, though a fatally flawed one.
Because there was no escaping those chasing him.
Laughlin’s Garnet Valley teammates caught up to the junior guard at halfcourt and surrounded him, screaming, celebrating a shot that might have turned the course of their team’s entire season.
It was a double-clutched, half-court chuck from just in front of the scorer’s table which dropped shortly after the buzzer sounded, handing the Jags an emotional 68-67 overtime win.