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Late Free Throws Knock Out Pleasantville

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Blind Brook High School junior guard Sam Adler sunk two free throws with 1.5 seconds left on the clock to give the Trojans the 43-42 on-the-road victory over Pleasantville Wednesday night in their Section 1 Class B Quarterfinal matchup.

“I kind of got lucky that he bumped me, I was trying to get to the hoop,” Adler said. “After the turnover earlier, I wasn’t going to let myself lose the game again.”

Adler and the Trojans found themselves down 41-40 with just over five seconds left in the game. Pleasantville took the late lead after a layup from junior guard Jack Eisenberg following a turnover by Adler. After a timeout, Adler attempted to drive the lane for the last second shot and was fouled by Pleasantville senior Glen Robinson. With the capacity crowd chanting, Adler sunk the two clutch free throws to send his team to the section semifinals at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

“He’s the guy we want with the ball in his hands all the time,” Blind Brook Head Coach Mike Welsh said of Adler, who finished the game with a team high 14 points. “When we had the ball with five seconds left there was no question where we were going with the ball.”

The win for Welsh was a little bit of a family affair as his younger brother Chris Welsh, his former assistant at Blind Brook, is the head coach for Pleasantville.

“Any time you reach the County Center it’s special so I’m not sure this win is any more special than any other win,” Mike Welsh said. “Chris did a great job with his team this year and he’s a young coach, he’s going to spend a lot of time at the County Center down the road."

Pleasantville’s Welsh was unavailable to comment after the game, as he dealt with a player disciplinary issue stemming from Blind Brook’s on-court celebration following the victory.

Co-captain Adler said the victory in the hostile Pleasantville gym Wednesday night continues an underdog trend for Blind Brook.

“Last week everyone said we were going to lose to Westlake and then this week everyone said we were going to lose tonight,” Adler said. “So our mindset has been us against the world and it was kind of like that tonight on the road.”

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