Northeastern works overtime, defeats Archbishop Carroll

By Jim Seip

Near the end, after almost all of the craziness had transpired, Brandon Coleman and Austin Greene made eye contact on the floor and just started laughing.

Northeastern’s two senior starters and lifelong friends slapped hands.

Heart and soul, working overtime.

And then they pulled double overtime.

Eventually, they led Northeastern to its most remarkable victory in what has already been an historic season. Northeastern pulled out an 86-84 victory in double-overtime over Archbishop Carroll in a PIAA Class 5A boys’ basketball quarterfinal Saturday at Garden Spot High School.

Northeastern junior Fred Mulbah summed up the wild comeback moments later: “I never wanted to win so bad.”

Northeastern needed its best fourth quarter of the season, and maybe the best fourth quarter in program history, to overcome a 15-point deficit. The crazy part is Northeastern didn’t even need a full eight minutes to erase Archbishop Carroll’s lead.

The Bobcats overcame the big deficit and long odds of winning with two dynamic spurts. They started the quarter with a 10-4 run, keyed by a pair of 3-pointers by freshman Nate Wilson.