Amityville was hot. Coffey was steaming.
Mike Coffey, a sweet-shooting lefty, scored 18 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter as Burke Catholic staged an improbable rally from seven points down with 1:40 left to jolt Amityville, the state's No. 1-ranked Class A school, 74-72, yesterday in the Upstate-Downstate Challenge played at Uniondale.
The Warriors (16-2) scored the game's first 12 points and led by as many as 10 in the fourth quarter. Even after Burke Catholic (9-6) scored nine straight to climb within 64-63 with 4:35 left, Amityville appeared to have weathered the storm when Leland Willilams converted two layups on feeds from Sean Walters to produce a 70-63 advantage.
That's when Coffey took over. He hit a layup and a three from the corner then converted a backcourt steal into another layup that tied the game at 70. Walters found Williams (18 points) underneath again to put Amityville ahead 72-70 with 38 seconds left. But Coffey nailed a fall-away jumper from the baseline to re-tie it with seven seconds left.
Amityville, with a chance to win, turned the ball over and fouled Javin Williams who sank both free throws with 1.7 seconds left as the Eagles took their only lead. They had eliminated Amityville in last year's state Class A semifinals at Glens Falls, but moved up to Class AA this year. Travis Dickerson scored 22 to lead Amityville and Mike Smith added 15.
"Terrible coaching at the end of the game," Amityville coach Jack Agostino said. "I absolutely should've called timeout. Coffey made a lot of big plays, but we let them hang around and you can't do that against a good team."
You'll get scalded.