PENNSAUKEN— Few last-second plays ever go to plan.
It’s all about the adjustments made in a split second.
Williamstown was forced to alter its plan in the final seconds as it went down the court, but the play resulted with Diondre Hall open on the right side of the paint.
All Hall had to do was lay in the game-winning basket as the buzzer sounded to earn a 50-49 win over Seneca on Saturday at Bishop Eustace.
“I really didn’t (think I’d get the ball). I know Nick was going to look for me. He was going to shoot it he said, but good thing he didn’t,” Hall said.
The ball was supposed to end up in the hands of Omar Ramos, who scored 29 points, including 19 in the second half, but Seneca thwarted that plan.
“It was supposed to be a screen for me at the three-point line, but they read it so our big man popped, hit our other guard on the in bounds and hit me,” Ramos said. “I just tried to get down the floor and hit an open teammate.”
Ramos was the main reason the Braves stayed in the game. The guard helped them rebound from a 13-point deficit with an impressive performance in the second half.
“They left me open for a couple and I was feeling my shot and I just let it fly,” Ramos said.
Although it appeared the Braves made halftime adjustments to deal with Seneca’s three-point shooting, they just stuck to their game plan.
“We had a lot of poise,” Hall said “We just stuck with the script and played lock down defense.”
The Braves did all of this with starters Nick Kenton and Nick Sambour in foul trouble for most of the contest.
“We got to learn how to not foul,” Ramos said. “We play aggressive defense so we have to keep our hands up and adjust to the refs that we have.”
The test against one of the top teams in South Jersey Group 3 helped the Braves get a taste of what the difficult South Jersey Group 4 bracket will look like.
“I feel like it was a great test for us because they’re obviously a good team,” Ramos said. “We needed that for the teams we’re going to see in the playoff especially if we’re going to go far
“We knew we could beat anybody, but now this proves we just have to keep working hard every day,” Ramos said.