The New Oxford junior hit three fourth-quarter 3-pointers
Hanover and New Oxford played about as evenly as possible for three quarters Saturday.
Both teams went on extended runs, hit big shots and dived for loose balls. The outcome was still in doubt midway through the fourth quarter.
And then New Oxford's Jordin Brown got hot.
With New Oxford leading by four points on the road with just over four minutes remaining, Brown hit 3-pointers on three straight possessions to lift the Colonials to a 58-48 victory.
"Coach always tells me to go to the corner and yell if I'm open, and I was," Brown said. "I just let it fly. It felt very good, very hype. I do stuff like that in practice and coach tells me just to let it fly and execute in the game."
It was the second straight big game for Brown, who finished with 14 points Saturday. The junior scored a career-high 20 points in a 73-70 loss to Central York Friday.
Although Brown doesn't start for New Oxford and wasn't one of the team's top contributors at the beginning of the season, head coach Sean Bair said he's taken on a bigger role as the season had progressed.
"I don't think he's any better today than he was two weeks ago, but I think he's gotten some more looks and other guys do a nice job finding him," Bair said. "He's a guy who can be streaky in a good way and bail you out. It's a luxury we haven't had in the past."
Devon Duvall continued to be a key player in the post for New Oxford.
Duvall's biggest basket came at the tail end of the third quarter with the game tied, 41-41. The 6-foot-4 forward hit a layup and drew a foul before converting the free throw to give New Oxford a three-point lead going into the fourth. The Nighthawks weren't able to draw even again.
"We throw it to him every night, because even if they have a guy who can physically match up with him, he's usually quicker," Bair said. "From a quickness standpoint, he's stronger than the guys who can stay in front of him."
For most of the game, Hanover had an answer for Duvall in the form of seniors Kyle Krout and Will McQueen. The guard duo carried the Nighthawks and combined for 33 of Hanover's 48 points.
But McQueen missed two crucial free throws with the Nighthawks trailing by one point with 5:30 to play. From that point on, Hanover wasn't able to keep up.
"Obviously you want to knock down your foul shots," Hanover coach Nathan Myers said. "I thought Will played a very good game at both ends of the floor. We just couldn't get one or two shots to fall when we needed it."
After watching the Colonials nearly pull off a huge upset over Central York on Friday, Bair said it was extremely important for his team to get back in the win column. Still, he believes the Colonials can learn just as much from Saturday's win as they can from Friday's loss.
"As bad as it hurt last night, we'll be able to pull a lot more positives from the film Friday night than tonight," Bair said. "It's great to win, great to get one on the road against a team with a bunch of wins who knows how to play and makes smart plays. But I know our guys are upset about a couple possessions tonight."
New Oxford (58)
Devon Duvall 7 6-7 20, Jordin Brown 5 0-0 14, Ben Lehman 4 0-2 11, Wessel 2 2-2 6, Stiles 3 0-0 7, Rudisill 0 0-0 0, Floyd 0 0-0 0, Rex 0 0-0 0, Gruver 0 0-0 0. Totals — 21 8-11 58.
Kyle Krout 6 4-4 17, Will McQueen 5 5-8 16, Martz 3 1-2 7, Hart 3 0-0 6, Hill 1 0-0 2, Kenworthy 0 0-0 0, Bowman 0 0-0 0. Totals — 18 10-14 48.
New Oxford _ 12 _ 13 _ 19 _ 14 _ — _ 58
Hanover _ 13 _ 11 _ 17 _ 7 _ — _ 48
3-point goals — New Oxford 8 (Brown 4, Lehman 3, Stiles 1), Hanover 2 (Krout, McQueen).