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Sharks Steal a Playoff Win

April 2, 2011 - Premier Basketball League (PBL) - Rochester RazorSharks News Release

Was it or wasn't it' With 40 seconds left and Quebec ahead of Rochester 102-101 in its first round Premier Basketball League playoff game, Royce Parran made what replay confirmed was a three-point basket. The refs ruled it a two. It was not reviewed.

"I don't understand why they didn't just go and look at it," said Kebs coach Rob Spon. "It would be different if you didn't have a monitor to look at, but the TV is right over there, If we weren't playing Rochester, they might have taken a look at that. They have their own rules here."

Before a frenzied crowd of 4738, the RazorSharks fought back to tie in the game's final 13 seconds when Mike Williams made three of four free throws. Quebec didn't help itself, missing four straight from the foul line, any one of which would have secured the victory. Parran missed the regulation's final shot and the game went into overtime tied 104-104.

In the extra period, Jerice Crouch hit the game winning shot with 14.5 seconds left, and then sealed the win with a steal. Rochester claimed the contest 114-110 and takes a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three semifinal playoff series heading to Quebec. Game two is Wednesday. Game three if it's necessary, is Friday.

It shouldn't have come to the controversial conclusion. The RazorSharks owned the contest, leading by as many as 18 early in the third quarter. But after shooting 20 for 39 (51%) in the first half, Rochester made just 13 of 42 (31%) thereafter and opened the door for the Kebs comeback.

Syracuse alum Louie McCroskey had another big game game against Rochester scoring 30 points on 13 for 19 shooting. McCroskey's three most productive games in a 21 game season so far, have come versus the Sharks. Parran added 25.

For Rochester, Crouch had a game high 24. Mike Williams added 19 points and was 15 for 19 from the free throw line with 12 rebounds.

"I was just focused on attacking because I feel no one can contain me," said Williams. "I think by attacking, it gives us opportunities, which it did by taking advantage of our free throws."

Thanks largely to Williams and Crouch, who forced the issue and combined to shoot 32 free throws, Rochester enjoyed a 25 point advatage from the foul line.

"I'd rather be us than them," said RazorShark head coach Rod Baker. "But if I were them, I wouldn't feel all that badly. They gotta feel they as though they were good enough to win today. They overcame being down big. They have plenty of fight in them."

Add to that anger and frustration, all of which should be on display in game two on Wednesday.

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