Albany’s Peter Hooley’s Heroics

There’s nothing sweeter than a sprinkle of human interest to go along with an already compelling college basketball game.

It took a mournful young man from down under, to nail a perfect three pointer at the top of the key with 1.6 seconds on the clock, to send the Albany Great Danes to the big dance. Whenever anyone asks me why I love sports – moments like these are on my reel.

What a g’day for shooting guard, Peter Hooley, who rejoined the team after missing eight games to spend time in his native Australia, to be with his dying mother. He couldn’t have given a more healing gift to the grieving family he left behind.

Both teams were slathered in a Cinderella story. Stony Brook, leading the entire game, were a blink away from their first NCAA tournament bid, but the heartbreak of one player, caused the heartbreak of an entire team, and once again, missed free throws were the culprit.

I’m certain Stony Brook players are saddened by this loss, but if you’re going to give one away, it couldn’t have happened for a better cause.

Let the brackets begin.

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