Forward Aaron Thompson poured in 34 points and pulled down 25 rebounds as the Bulls rallied from a 20-point second half deficit to stun visiting Academy Park 66-65 on January 17th. The Bulls also made good on 8-10 fourth quarter free throw attempts before Thompson hit the game winner on a put back with 1.1 seconds left.
Before the winning shot, the unselfish Thompson actually drew a double team down low and dished the ball away before getting the rebound- and ultimately scoring the game winner.
“They doubled me on the box a lot so I knew someone would pop open,” Thompson explained.
The shot didn’t fall but Thompson worked hard to get the rebound, one of his more than two dozen on the night. A last second desperation heave missed the mark and the Bulls completed the remarkable comeback.
“That was a big win and gives everyone a big confidence boost,” Thompson said. “The coaches told us to keep working hard, put pressure on them defensively, and be aggressive on the offensive end.”
“We executed the plan,” Glen Mills coach Tony Bacon said as he guided his team to 31 fourth quarter points and their second win in their last three games.
Forward Nafis Smith, who hit two clutch free throws at the 1:51 mark to pull within 61-60, added 12 points for the Bulls. Forward Deandre Wright also had a big bucket with 1:05 left as Glen Mills closed the gap to 63-62. Another Thompson hoop tied the game at 64-64 before Academy Park made one of two free throws to regain a 65-64 lead, setting up Thompson’s heroics.
Photo: Aaron Thompson had 34 points and 25 rebounds as the Bulls completed a furious comeback.