Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
Not much drama remained at the end of the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks had a nine-point lead with under 30 seconds left and the Blue Devils seemed content to just let the clock tick down without continuing to foul and keep the game going.
But in doing so, that left Ducks star forward Dillon Brooks with a decision to make.
The shot clock was slightly ahead of the game clock, meaning Brooks either had to eat the ball and hand it to an official, or try to make a play. Brooks decided to make a play and chucked up a three-pointer (which he drained) with the game surely in hand, which clearly drew the ire of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Krzyzewski is a legend of the college game, so Brooks taking the high road and saying he agrees with the coach was a wise decision.
However, when Brooks tried to take the high road with oft-maligned Duke star guard Grayson Allen once the clock expired, Allen definitely didn’t reciprocate. That may prove to be a not-so-wise decision for Allen.
In Allen’s defense, his team not only just lost in the Sweet 16, but Brooks did drain an unnecessary shot in his team’s face on top of it all.
Still, due to Allen’s public image issue, much will be made of his decision not to embrace Brooks at the end of this one.
So, there’s your drama in a game that lacked it for much of the second half.
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for any of his other three teams.
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