Trailing most of the game and down by 10 points in the third quarter, L.A. Windward kept wasting opportunities to catch up to Campbell Hall on Tuesday night in a Gold Coast League game. Then the Wildcats got hot late in the fourth quarter.
Back to back threes by Wonder Smith and Eli Silverman-Lloyd tied the game, 45-45. Then Campbell Hall went up, 47-45, on a basket by Jordan Cohen.
The Vikings seemed in good shape. They had the ball out of bounds with 21.3 seconds left and a two-point lead. Cohen threw a perfect pass under the basket to Gabriel Bell-Williams, but he missed the layup. Suddenly, Windward had a chance, and Roman Davis came through.
Davis made a three with eight seconds left for a 48-47 lead. And that's how the game ended, with the Wildcats escaping with a home victory. Campbell Hall's final shot was off the mark as the buzzer sound. It was the second consecutive game in which Davis made a game-winning shot. He beat Viewpoint at the buzzer last week with a putback basket.
"Roman has stepped up big all year long," Coach Steve Smith said.
Windward improved to 11-8 and 3-1. Campbell Hall dropped to 15-6 and 2-2. Breland Brandt led Windward with 11 points. Aaron Holiday had 16 points for Campbell Hall and Cohen had 15. Campbell Hall missed outside shooter Gabriel Salazar (ankle injury).
Afterward, players and fans celebrated on the court. Even Shaquille O'Neal, the father of Windward freshman Shareef O'Neal, was smiling and posing for pictures.
Sierra Canyon stayed atop the standings with a 91-50 win over Paraclete. Terrance McBride scored 24 points and Cody Riley and Adam Seiko added 16. In a nonleague game, Brentwood defeated Pacific Hills, 73-50. Ountae Campbell had 24 points and Maxwell Kupchak 21.