The Investment Academy got out to an early lead and appeared to catch Unruly off guard. Investment Academy played with high intensity especially on the defensive end going into the half up 32-24. In the 2nd half, Unruly began to chip away, making offensive adjustments and playing like they played during the regular season. They also locked down the Investment Academy for 5 minutes without scoring which allowed them back into the game. Tied at 45, Unruly’s Chris Bongolan drew a foul driving to the hoop and converted on both free throws to put Unruly up 47-45 with 3.7 seconds left. Then…Cruz happened. Cruz received a perfect pass from the inbounder Tyrell Moodie and then swished a high arching three pointer to win the game 48-47.
Nicholas Cruz is on a hot streak unlike any we’ve ever seen before. Cruz has hit 2 game winners and 1 buzzer beater to force OT in the last month. Cruz finished with a game high 15 points in a low scoring affair.
The Investment Academy did an excellent job of pushing each other while also keeping each other cool when calls went the wrong way. Something we didn’t see earlier on in the season. What may go unnoticed was James Saravanamuttu’s huge offensive rebound and basket that tied this game up. Saravanamuttu came up big with key buckets going 3/3 from the field. Michael Husbands was hot early on and kept the defense honest with his three point shooting finishing with 11.
Unruly just couldn’t get a rhythm going all game and ran into a team that is playing their best basketball of the season. Unruly didn’t hit a single three pointer and had difficulty cracking the Investment Academy defense. Despite that they still shot better at 46% and outrebounded them 25-16, but lose a heartbreaker in the final seconds. Great season for Unruly, but they’ll have to wait to summer to try to get that chip.