By Alex Sumption
You can call Elijah Coleman “Clutch”.
The Presentation College men’s basketball team picked up a 73-72 win against Mayville State University, who was reserving votes nationally, in a North Star Athletic Association conference match-up at the Strode Center on Friday. It was a thriller as Presentation led for only 4.5 seconds but that’s all they needed as Elijah Coleman hit a three pointer with 4.5 seconds left in the game to put the Saints up by one.
This game winner shot thing is nothing new to Coleman as he also hit a buzzer beater earlier in the year against Dickenson State. Coleman was at loss of words post game.
“Tonight was magic,” Coleman said. Coleman would finish the game with 12 points.
This game was no fairytale for the Saints as they struggled in the first half. The Saints just seemed slow and their defense was almost non-existent. Gorg Alhag came out of the gates strong for Mayville by scoring 10 points within just as many minutes.
The Saints were fortunate enough to go into the locker rooms tied at 39 as Gorg went cold after the first 10 minutes of the game. The Saints stepped up on defense in the second half as they held Alhag to three points, and the Comets to just 33 second half points.
Today’s story is not Gorg, however, it is not even Coleman who hit the game winning shot. It is the senior from Inglewood California, Mychal Deas. The Saints were down by as much as 16 points during the game and many of their fans thought it was over until Big Mychal decided it was time to play.
He was electric tonight as he hit two out of three of his three-point baskets late in the game. These were not the only impressive shots he hit though. During the girl’s halftime, three Saints students got the opportunity to shoot a half-court shot to win a prize, none of them made it.
Mychal decided to show the students how it was done by shooting a half-court shot with his headphones on. He sunk the shot and casually walked off the court like it was no big deal.
It was evident that the crowd was in for a big time performance after that.
Deas would end an 11-0 Comet run by sinking a three-point at the buzzer tieing the game at 39. These shots, along with the crunch time shots, brought the student section to life. The Saints rode with the energy to victory.
“What a game,” Deas said after his big night. “I’m just glad we pulled out the win.
Everyone in the strode was thinking the same thing, “what a game.”
The Saints fought hard throughout the whole game but couldn’t seem to take the lead. Deas led the Saints with 18 points, which included 3 electrifying three pointers which ultimately kept the Saints in the game.
With this win, the Saints are off to their best start in program history and are 6-1 in conference play.
Presentation College 73, Mayville State 72
NSAA at Strode Center.
MSU 39 33 — 72
PC 39 34 — 73
MSU: Gorg Alhag 6-9 0-0 15, Daniel Lindgren 5-12 0-1 13, Max Cooper 6-11 0-0 12, Eric Staebler 1-5 8-10 Peyton Christman 3-7 0-0 9
PC: Mychal Deas 5-10 5-5 18, Quadre Lollis 5-9 3-3 14, Elijah Coleman 4-11 2-2 12, Ange- Michel Kuo 5-7 0-1 11, Devonta Brooks 4-12 2-3 10
3-pt FG — MSU 11-21, Daniel Lindgen 3-6, Gorg Alhag 3-4, Peyton Christman 3-4 NSU 6-17, Mychal Deas 3-6, Elijah Coleman 2-4, Quadre Lollis 1-2, Devonta Brooks 0-3, Fouls — MSU 20; NSU 16. Rebounds — MSU 30, Alhag 6, Cooper 5, Lindgren 4; PC 28, Guidry 6, Brooks 6, Kuo 6, Lollis 5, Coleman 2, Assists — MSU 18, Alhag, 6 PC 17, Guidry 4, Turnovers — MSU 17, PC 15. Blocks — MSU 4, Jackson 1, Dentlinger 4; PC 2, Brooks 1 Coleman 1. Steals — MSU 8, Staebler 2; PC 10, Deas 3.