–A.J. Pricehit a three-pointer to tie the game and danced down the court, laughing and clapping as he stared at the opponents' bench.
Ryan Gomes, driving through the lane, put in an outrageous finger roll and drew a foul. Now it was his turn to laugh and celebrate. It was that kind of day at the Greater Hartford Pro-Am on Sunday, with
"It doesn't matter if you're playing at the
Gomes prevailed, hitting two free throws with 4.2 seconds left to seal Harte Nissan's 106-102 victory over the Doc Hurley Scholars.
Gomes and Harte Nissan will play the Recycle King Naughty Boyz in a best-of three-series for the title beginning Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Classical Magnet School.
"I'll be here," Gomes said. "We're in the finals — I've got to be here."
Gomes had 22 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and two steals in the game, turning it up several notches down the stretch to match the intensity of Price, who scored 38. Soon after Gomes checked in, Harte opened a 37-23 lead. Doc Hurley's squad pecked away and took the lead on Ryan Olander's put-back at the end of the third quarter.
Harte trailed by seven, but surged back as Gomes hit a long three-pointer to ignite a 7-0 run. Then Doc Hurley opened up a 10-point lead with just under 4 minutes to go, and Harte surged back again. Keith Cothran, who had 24 points, made a clutch shot to tie it at 106 with 21 seconds left. Lamonte Ulmer, who scored 26, put Harte ahead for good with a drive through the lane.
But Gomes, who was taking charge in the huddle and on the floor, grabbed the key rebound and drew a foul to put the game away.
Anthony Malhoit had 16 points and 16 rebounds for Doc Hurley.
Gomes, who turns 30 on Sept. 1, is not sure where he will be when NBA camps open next month. The
"Being an East Coast guy, of course I would like to play for the Celtics or the
Off the court, Gomes continues efforts to raise awareness and prevention for sudden
"We're moving in the right direction," said Gomes, whose efforts have helped install 85 defibrillators, many in Connecticut, the past five years. "We're trying to make this a healthy state. I think more people are aware of it; they hear about the incidents, and they hear about the saves."