MONTE VISTA—A Sports-Center caliber play by junior Keith Romero helped the Monte Vista Pirates defeat the Bayfield Wolverines 58-55 in overtime here at Monte Vista High School on Friday.
The Pirates were trailing the game 50-49 with just under 40 seconds remaining in the game. Bayfield added to their lead with a couple of free throws to set up a last second desperation shot. Luckily for the Pirates the ball found Romero’s hands.
As time was expiring, Romero took a 1-handed shot from the opposing free throw line, about 65 feet away, and sunk the game-tying 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.
“I had a good feeling when I let go of the shot,” said Romero of the shot to send the game into overtime. “I always play every game till the final buzzer goes off.”
“We are going to try and get it on YouTube or SportsCenter,” said an excited Head Coach James Canaday. “We have the shot on film and our athletic director will work on that on Monday.”
The Pirates, who are playing with a couple of injuries, had some freshmen players step up. “It was a good tough win for us,” said Canaday. “The key to the win was definitely rebounding, we outrebounded them, and we blocked out several key shots.”
Romero was the game’s high scorer with 25 points. “Scoring 25 is good but I don’t care how many points I have as long as I try my hardest and my team gives it their all I’m happy,” said Romero. “Getting the win versus a team like Bayfield helps a lot now we just got to keep working hard for the games to come.”
In the overtime period, Monte Vista’s Presley Garcia scored all six points, four were free throws, to help the Pirates offset a 3-pointer to get the win. Garcia scored 13 points on the night.
As a team, Monte Vista was 12-of-15 (80 percent) from the free throw line.