By Matthew DeGeorge
Throughout Wednesday night’s game, Academy Park senior captain Day’Juan Henson kept pestering coach Allen Brydges to put in junior Deandray Covert.
Against Chester’s rangy lineup, went Brydges logic, the diminutive Covert just wasn’t the right fit. He reasoned that the backcourt pairing of Covert and Jawan Collins was too short to see contend with Chester’s lengthy 1-2-2 press and fire the over-the-top, pressure-relieving passes his team needed.
But when Henson fouled out with 1:28 left, there was no choice but to turn to Covert. And the Knights were certainly grateful for that.
The junior, who entered the game for the first time in the final minute, played the hero, hanging in the air to bank home a buzzer-beating, pump-faked 3-pointer as Academy Park scored a historic win over Chester, 51-48.
“I just threw it trying to hit the backboard, maybe it would go in,’ Covert said. “And it did.’
It’s the first time Academy Park (15-4, 4-3 Del Val) has beaten Chester since 1994 and just the second win since the school’s inception for the 1982-83 season. It’s the first time the Knights have ever beaten Chester at home.