BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Guard Josh Bradanese (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key with just over 9 seconds left in regulation to lift the Philadelphia University men's basketball team to an 84-82 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) victory at Concordia (N.Y.) Saturday afternoon in the Meyer Athletic Center.
Bradanese—who finished with 12 points—reentered the game when head coach Herb Magee called timeout after the Rams (15-8, 11-3 CACC) crossed midcourt following a Stephen Milhaven fade-away triple in the left corner to put the Clippers up 82-81. On the ensuing play, Andre Gibbs (Smyrna, Del./Smyrna) passed the ball to Bradanese from the left wing. Bradanese had an open look at the straightaway three and knocked it down for the seventh and final lead change of the game.
Gibbs secured the win on Concordia's final possession as he blocked Cedrick McFadden's 3-point attempt with time winding down.
Philadelphia was in control for a majority of the opening half, leading by as many as 11 (28-17) on a Kylan Guerra (White Plains, N.Y./Archbishop Stepanic) three-point play with 8:27 left in the first. The Rams built up their double-digit advantage with an 11-4 surge that had four players contribute.
After the Rams went up 11, the Clippers got their offense going, scoring 28 of the next 38 points to lay claim to a 45-38 advantage. Gibbs brought the Rams within five at the break by making a layup with 35 seconds left in the half.
Philadelphia turned the Gibbs layup into some early second-half momentum to reclaim the lead. Kaison Randolph scored nine of his team-high 28 points during a 17-4 run in the opening 5:36 of the half to put the Rams up 57-49. Malcolm Gilbert (Smyrna, Del./Academy of the New Church) was responsible for the other eight points on his way to a career-high 15 points.
The Clippers came right back with an 11-2 run of its own to go back up one (60-59) with just over 11 minutes left in the game. Philadelphia didn't trail for long as it ran off 16 of the next 24 points go back up 75-68 on a Gilbert jumper at the 5:14 mark.
Brendan Kipatrick (Norristown, Pa./Malvern Prep) also scored in double figures for the Rams with 13 points.
The Clippers' Jalen Heath was the game's highest scorer with 33 points. Milhaven racked up 14 points, while McFadden finished with 12 points. Elijan Brown ended the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Led by a 10-of-15 shooting performance from Randolph—which included a career-high eight 3-pointers, Philadelphia shot 54.2 percent (32-of-59) from the field, 43.3 percent (13-of-30) from the 3-point arc. Concordia made 43.3 percent (29-of-67) of its shots, including 36.7 percent (11-of-30) of its 3-pointers.
Philadelphia heads to USciences for a CACC southern division showdown on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.