Sharp's buzzer beater shoots down the Geese

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Mercer County bench celebrates after Conner Sharp, 55, hits 3-pointer to down Wethersfield, 53-52.

    From the opposite side of the court it looked like it would be long. Mercer County head coach Brian Hutton thought it was going to hit the wall. Even when it left his own hand Connor Sharp thought it would hit the side of the backboard.
 Instead the senior’s corner three at buzzer found real estate on the top left portion of the backboard and banked in to give the Golden Eagles a 53-52 win over Wethersfield Tuesday night.

“When I first let go I thought it would it the side of the backboard and that would be it. When it went off the backboard and in I was speechless,” Sharp said.

The shot, which was the last of Mercer County’s nine made threes in the contest, came after the hosts nearly let Wethersfield slip off the hook. Tied 50-50 with 38.6 seconds left, Mercer County tried to hold for the last shot of the game but turned the ball over to the Flying Geese with under 15 to go. The Golden Eagles fouled Wethersfield senior Jack Lindbom in the backcourt out of a timeout and he would make both ends of a one-and-one to open up a 52-50 lead with 9.1 seconds remaining.

Mercer County senior Spencer Wood took the ball the length of the court before dishing to Sharp for the game winner.

“You talk about a bounce back and we’ve been talking about it as a basketball team.

‘What is your bounce back after something negative?’ You have to let those plays go and move onto the next one and tonight they did that.” Hutton said. “A couple years from now nobody’s going to talk about it being a bank, it’s just going to be game winning shot. It was tremendous and it’s what this team needed tonight.

The game featured eight lead changes and five ties.
“We came in tonight with a lot of energy and we battled all game long,” Sharp said.

Wood finished with a game high 18 points while sophomore Quinton King and senior Ty Taylor each scored 10 for Mercer County, which improved to 7-8 and 1-0 in Lincoln Trail Conference play. Wethersfield got double-digit scoring nights from seniors Tucker Nichols (15 points) and Tanner Litton (12 points) as well as sophomore Jacob Schwerbrock (12 points) and is now 13-4 (1-1 LTC) on the year.