With Franklin attempting to complete a furious comeback in the final minutes of Tuesday’s game, one thought ran through Al Hairston’s mind.
“Where’s my point guard?” the O’Dea basketball coach mused.
Tyler Kidd was on the bench, unable to play after injuring his left hamstring less than two minutes into the fourth quarter. With the Quakers applying an aggressive full-court press in an effort to climb out of a 16-point hole, the Irish were without their primary ball handler.
O’Dea was just able to survive a hectic final quarter without the guidance of Kidd, holding on for a 67-61 Metro League win over No. 4 Franklin.
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Franklin (8-2) eventually closed the gap to 64-61 after Eugene Artison completed a three-point play with 15 seconds left, but after David Woodard split a pair of free throws, Michael Carter III came up short on a three-pointer and O’Dea (7-4) iced the win from the line.
Without Kidd as the primary ball-handler to break the press, O’Dea turned to junior Davarea Procter, who, as a starter on the football team, is still making the transition to the court.
“Every possession was in question because Franklin is a very quick basketball team,” Hairston said. “They play hard, they double-team very well, and if you don’t have a guy that can break that press, anything can happen.”
The extent of Kidd’s injury, and thus how it will affect O’Dea moving forward, is unknown. The fear is a pulled hamstring, although the Irish hope it is a lesser injury.
Jamie Orme led O’Dea with 25 points, while Kidd scored 14 in his three-plus quarters.
Keith Smith and Eugene Artison each scored 18 points for Franklin.