The final stanza would see the Royals grab a point while their defense held down the fort for the next three minutes until Royal CJ Ingraham grabbed another two at the line for a 3-point lead, followed by two from Michaels. Gesualdi sunk two next followed by a lay-up from Ingraham to put the Royals up five with only four minutes to go.
Michaels would begin those furious five minutes with a pair followed by two from the line from Morris to tie things at 49. Gesualdi answered that with two points of his own and Colt Fontaine tied things again until another Michaels three pulled his boys away and marching to the much too close victory.
Or so the Clippers thought when a traveling call on Traxler with 10 seconds left resulted in Bjork tying things up again, this time at 58 to force overtime.
Newburyport scored first in the extra frame on a pair from the line from Baribeault, followed by two from Bjork. A 3-pointer from Michaels gave the Clippers the lead as the Royals kept battling and a pair from Gesualdi jumped them up one. Port tied that with a Guthro free throw until Gesualdi struck again with six seconds left to give the Royals the win.
“You get what you deserve,” said Clippers coach Tom L’Italien. “They outworked us, they deserved the game. Yesterday was our worst practice of the year it showed tonight. I give Georgetown credit. They played hard. They had two of their regulars out and we knew they could score. We just got outworked, it was as simple as that. We were flat-footed. But we’ll get back to work and get ready for the next one.”
“We had our backs against the wall but hopefully we can keep this going for the rest of the year,” said Rowinski. “Because we’ve been saying we’re not as bad as our record indicates. We’re not, I know we’re not. And tonight we put it all together.”