In heart breaking fashion, Bedford Academy overcame a 15-point deficit only to lose to Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) 57-54 on a tip-in during the closing seconds of the Public School Athletic League’s A Division Championship at LIU Brooklyn on Saturday.
Bedford looked completely over-matched early in the game when WHEELS took a 17-2 lead early in the first quarter, but the Panthers never gave up and eventually tied it at 54-54 late in the fourth quarter when Darren Thomas hit a three with 40 seconds remaining.
“After I made that second big shot, I felt like we won the game,” Thomas said. “But that was when we stopped paying attention to key details. We didn’t box out and then they got a tip-in and it was over.”
Thomas led Bedford Academy with 17 points, including three big three-pointers in the final three minutes of the game. Anthony Munson had 13 points and Latye Workman had 12. The Panthers finished the year with a 18-3 record.