GENOA – Brandon Creason wasn't going to let Tommy Lucca beat his team.
Richmond-Burton's coach had watched the Genoa-Kingston sophomore dominate the fourth quarter, so with Creason's team up three points in the closing seconds of Friday's Big Northern East contest, Creason had his team foul Lucca instead of letting him attempt a game-tying three.
Lucca hit both free throws. After the Rockets' Joe St. Pierre missed his two free-throw attempts on the ensuing possession, Lucca had one more chance with three seconds left, but his desperation attempt was no good, as the Rockets held on for a 66-65 win.
Richmond-Burton (17-6, 8-1 Big Northern East) remained in control of the conference. The Cogs fall to 14-9 and 6-4 in league play.
Lucca still finished the game with 33 points – 17 in the fourth quarter.
"As on fire as he was we didn't want to give him the opportunity to make the shot," Creason said of his team's foul on Lucca, which came with under 10 seconds remaining. "He's a ton. I wish he was a senior."
Sam Kaufman led the Rockets with 23 points. Freshman Joe St. Pierre had 20, despite sitting out for an extended period of time in the second half with foul trouble.
"We're glad he's on our team. He's a big kid, I've got to keep reminding myself that he played eighth-grade basketball last year," Creason said of St. Pierre. "There's times he's going to look like that. I thought he was a handful for them tonight."