It seemed like deja vu for Beverly Hills.
That was the feeling in the Swim Gym when Normans had the ball and trailing by one to Santa Monica.
Unlike their heartbreaking loss earlier this month to the Vikings, this time Brandon Neman made sure that the game would not slip away.
The junior guard’s only shot was a successful three-pointer in the final seconds to give the Normans a stunning 52-50 victory over Santa Monica.
Neman, who hadn’t been played for most of the night, stepped up when it mattered the most.
“It was just about confidence,” Neman said. “Coach believed in me and put me in at the end of the game. I stepped in and took the shot.”
The Normans (13-10, 6-2) were able to stay in the game after Santa Monica’s Trevis Jackson missed the front end of a one-an-one free throw giving Beverly Hills a final chance and they capitalized on it.
Beverly Hills had a chance to beat Santa Monica on the road earlier this month, but blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter.
Still they had an opportunity to pull out the win as they trailed by one with 1.8 seconds left and the ball out of bounds near half court. However, a pass to a wide open Roman Massana carried him too far under his own basket and could not get a clean shot off in time.
The difference between the two games was finishing strong as Santa Monica lead 43-37 at the end of the third quarter.
“We just believed in ourselves and executed when it counted,” said Beverly Hills head coach Jarvis Turner about his team’s performance.
Beverly Hills stayed in the game after playing lock-down defense and denying Jordan Matthews the ball on every possession. Ben Cohen helped the Normans with 16 points in the game helping to keep them close.
The Vikings seemed out of sync after ending the first quarter only up by four points. It looked like Beverly Hills learned from their mistake.
It seemed Santa Monica (18-6, 7-1) would take control after a 32-22 halftime lead, but the Normans kept Matthews contained forcing others to beat them.
Mathews finished with 18 points for the Vikings.
Brentwood outlast Campbell Hall in overtime
There are no off days in the Alpha League this year.
That’s what Brentwood learned as they need all of Leland King’s 38 points to get past Campbell Hall in a 85-81 overtime win.
King grabbed 25 rebounds and Tra Holder added 20 points for the Eagles (22-2, 9-1) to remain on top of the league standings.
Kahlil Simplis scored 30 points and Aaron Holiday had 24 points for Campbell Hall (88-13-10, 3-7).
University edges Venice
Morris Ravis made four 3-pointers for University and three players finished in double figures as the Wildcats kept Venice winless in the Western League with a 69-56 victory.
Ravis scored 17 points, Quentin Shropshire had 15 points and Victor Nwaba added 11 for University (19-9, 4-5).
Venice’s Dewan Thompson had a game-high 19 points for the Gondoliers (10-19, 0-11).