Marshall Brown's two field goals in the final 13 seconds gave Rancho Alamitos a 72-69 victory over Santiago in a battle for second place in the Garden Grove League Friday at Rancho Alamitos High.
"We got him (Brown) the ball when he was in the right place at the right time," said Rancho Alamitos Coach Eric Hamamoto.
Brown, making his first start of the season, scored from inside with 13 seconds remaining to give Rancho Alamitos the lead, 70-69. Then, Garret Fukuda stole the ball, passed to Helmut Bustamante who passed to Brown for the final points with four seconds left. He finished the game with 15 points.
Brown, who had three three-point field goals, then stole a Santiago pass to ensure the victory.
"I love these close ones because they do wonders for your heartbeat," Hamamoto said.
Rancho Alamitos (11-10) and Santiago (15-7) are tied for second place at 8-4.
"We needed this one," Santiago Coach Paul Anderson said. "We played horrible, we didn't get the ball to the right guys at the right time and that last (Rancho Alamitos) basket killed us."