Reid finds rhythm just in time, leads Troy to victory
Class AA crown
ALBANY Jerrell Reid was quiet until it mattered most.
Troy’s senior forward delivered 10 points in the fourth quarter, and the Flying Horses derailed Green Tech in Monday night’s Section II Class AA championship game, 70-55, before a crown of 7,115 at the Times Union Center.
“All game, I couldn’t get it going. I wasn’t in a rhythm,” said Reid, an all-tournament selection who finished with 14 points and six rebounds. “I had to step up. Rebound and score.”
Reid created the final margin on a free throw with 15.5 seconds left, and earlier in the fourth notched nine points in a game-changing 16-7 run.
The 6-foot-7 senior’s offensive output before that consisted of a first-quarter hook shot and a pair of foul shots early in the third quarter.
“Jerrell is a Division I player,” said Class AA most valuable player Javion Ogunyemi. “He did what Division I players do in the clutch.”
Ogunyemi had 26 points and five rebounds before fouling out with 2:12 left. The 6-9 senior’s baby hook just before that had given Troy (Big 10 No. 2, 19-3) a 58-53 lead, and Reid’s short jumper soon after capped the 16-7 spurt.
Jamil Hood Jr. made two free throws for Green Tech (Big 10 No. 3, 16-4) before Troy sealed the win with a 10-for-12 performance from the line.
“Our goal from day one was to try to get this title,” said Reid. “Last year, it was heartbreaking. We got the goal accomplished.”
With Ogunyemi missing due to an ankle injury, Troy lost to CBA in last year’s championship game in overtime, 62-57. The Flying Horses won their last crown in 2002.
“The goal was to play our best basketball in March,” said Troy coach Rich Hurley. “We’re doing that.”
Green Tech was trying to become the first non-Big 10 school to win Section II’s largest basketball class since Colonie in 2000. The Eagles ended Christian Brothers Academy’s title run at four with a 64-60 semifinal victory, and beat Shenendehowa and Colonie in earlier playoff games.
Green Tech’s playoff experience before this season consisted of a first-round Class A loss to Amsterdam last year, and a first-round Class B loss to Johnstown in 2011.
Hood Jr. paced the Eagles with 19 points, and Jizziah Carr netted 14. Hood Jr. made two free throws to give Green Tech a 42-41 lead heading into the final quarter, and his four-point play 30 seconds in made it 46-44.
Troy went on its 16-7 run that Dyaire Holt started with a three-point play and included a layup, a jumper, a three and two foul shots by Reid.
Ogunyemi scored 15 points in the first half. The Siena College recruit sank two free throws as part of his 10-for-11 line effort and then assisted on Holt’s three-pointer as the Flying Horses pulled even at 27.
Carr sank a pair of threes and a short jumper to help Green Tech build a 13-12 first-quarter advantage.
Hood Jr. was the difference maker in the semifinal game with CBA Thursday with five threes and 31 points. His last two came on a layup following a steal, after the Brothers had clawed within 62-60.
Troy will take on Henninger (Section III, 18-3) in a state quarterfinal game Saturday at 2 p.m. at Onondaga Community College.
Ward 2-0-5, Clark 2-0-4, Coleman 2-0-5, West 1-1-3, Carr 5-0-14, Hood 3-11-19, Lane 1-0-3, Burt 1-0-2. Totals: 17-12-55.
Nelson 3-4-10, Radz 1-2-4, Ogunyemi 8-10-26, Holt 3-4-11, Walston 1-0-2, Megyeri 0-2-2, Reid 4-5-14, Testo 0-1-1. Totals: 20-28-70.
Green Tech 13 14 15 13 — 55
Troy 12 15 14 29 — 70
Three-point goals: Ward, Coleman, Carr 4, Hood 2, Lane, Holt, Reid.