Flashback To Clutch Block, Shot By OFA's Bouyer
BY DAVE SHEA
More flashbacks to the great clutch shots in the history of Section 10 Basketball starts with input from retired Hall of Fame Coach Bill Merna and former Blue Devil court leader Mike Luckie on a game-winning shot by Gene Bouyer after one of the best and clutch defensive plays ever.
It came in the 2008 Class B finals where a young Potsdam team was five seconds away from a major upset with a two-point lead and possession of the ball against OFA over at Maxcy Hall.
Coach Merna remembers: "With five seconds remaining Potsdam tried the back screen-throw it long play. Gene blocked the inbounds pass and scored while being fouled. There were 3 seconds left when Gene made the FT and Potsdam got off a shot that almost went in.
Mike Luckie was the inspirational leader - we were down by 13 ? with under 3 minutes left."
Merna added that two years later players on that Potsdam team played in the State Class B Championship game at Glens Falls.
Luckie added that Bouyer also sank a game-winner in overtime of the Overall Section 10 Championship game in 2008.
Merna added a memory of the 1976 Section 10 Class A Championship game against Saranac Lake when Tom DuPre' buried a baseline jumper to tie the game at the buzzer of regulation. OFA went on to win 65-62 in overtime.
From another former Blue Devil standout Cavan LaRose: Matt Piercey's driving layup in the final seconds of 55-53 Devil win on the court of AA opponent Shenendehowa.
From Heuvelton Central Girls Basketball Coach Rob Powers who guided the Bulldogs' historic three straight Class D state titles. A streak started when DeDe Hebert hit a shot at the buzzer to beat Hartford 34-33 and send the Bulldogs to the first Final 4 that amazing run.
From Kevin Besaw: Heuvelton's Josh Tehonica hitting a a half-court shot to win a Section 10 Class D semi-final game.
Great plays, great memories.