By Michael Bullock
As they huddled prior to the fourth quarter — and down by double figures — Brandon Coleman and his Northeastern teammates figured they had one last chance to keep their season moving in a positive direction.
So they just went out and gave it everything they could.
And while Coleman got everything started at the beginning of the final quarter, everyone else sporting white jerseys with orange-and-black trim had a say in how the rest of the festivities eventually played out … and played out … and played out.
Collecting 23 of his game-high 30 points from the first tick of the final stanza on — including going a perfect 9-for-9 from the floor — Coleman’s sensational play down the stretch fueled a comeback that ultimately turned into Northeastern collaring an 86-84 victory over Archbishop Carroll that needed a pair of overtimes to decide.
“Really just my teammates having confidence in me,” said Coleman, referring to his shooting display from the floordown the stretch. “When we were coming out, they said if he sags off, shoot the ball. I shot the first one and made it and that just boosted my confidence. It was skyrocketing from there.”
Fred Mulbah (19), Antonio Rizzuto (16) and Austin Greene (12) also cracked double figures as Jon Eyster’s Bobcats (30-2) finally collared Saturday afternoon’s PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal-round thriller before a howling crowd at juiced Garden Spot High School.