The regular season #1 seeded Bulldogs faced the #2 seeded Deacons in the 2020 Majors NYO basketball championship and scratched out a 48-45 victory, in a game filled with intense action and several lead changes. The victory by the Bulldogs was secured only when a long 3 point shot by the Deacons at the buzzer did not fall.
The 2 teams had rolled to convincing victories in their play-offs games and they were playing their best basketball of the season as they came to the championship. There was an electric buzz in the crowd as the game begun.
The Deacons used a suffocating full court press to their advantage and jumped to a 17-6 lead, in what was to be their largest lead in the game. However, the Bulldogs weathered the initial strong rush by the Deacons and caught them at 30, behind clutch outside scoring by Carson James, and general balanced contributions by the team (by game’s end, 7 of the Bulldogs had scored at least 4 points).
The third quarter went back and forth as both coaches managed through foul trouble and tired players. The Deacons were paced by strong inside play from Jackson Schmidt and Harrison Fiftal, and the clever point play of Emmet Campbell, who also hit a 3 to give the Deacons their largest lead in the 3rd quarter, of 4 points.
However, the balanced Bulldogs were not to be denied this majors championship, this day, as the steady guard play of Will Barton and Geoff Anderson and the strong inside presence of Jack DeButts ultimately prevailed. The Bulldogs grabbed a lead with 2 and a half minutes left in the game, and never relinquished it.
As a part of the final’s festivities on Championship Sunday, coach Kyle Dunton of the Seminoles was named the PCA coach of the year, for the Majors.