A day after losing to East Boston on a full court buzzer-beating shot by Pat Santos on Tuesday night that was all over social media and ESPN SportsCenter on Wednesday, Madison Park boys’ hoops coach Dennis Wilson said he will try to pick up his team and move forward.
“I’m going to accent the positive in terms of how hard they fought,” Wilson said. “They didn’t give up. They showed a lot of heart and pride.”
With one second left, Madison Park guard Johnny Bowden was fouled shooting a 3-pointer. Bowden made the first two foul shots before Wilson told him to intentionally miss the third shot.
Santos grabbed the rebound and heaved in the game winner from 80-feet away.
“My logic was he can’t get the shot off in 1 second,” Wilson said. “If I had to do it over again I’d have the kid make the foul shot.”
After the game Wilson questioned if the shot got off in time. On Wednesday Wilson said his videographer didn’t get the play on tape so he didn't have a chance to review it. MIAA rules state that plays must be protested the same day as the game.
“I haven’t thought about it,” he said of protesting the game. “I’m still in a state of shock.”
The two teams will play again on Jan. 29 at East Boston.
“I’m just proud of them, we’re going to build from this,” Wilson said. “We know we can beat them. Let’s get the win at Eastie. Let’s learn from this and move on.”
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