Someone should probably check on what Albany men’s basketball head coach Will Brown has been feeding his players before games.
Maybe this is just destiny.
Either way, it’s been pretty unbelievable to watch.
The game clock descended rapidly towards zero, and the score stood tied at 44, when Evan Singletary crossed over, left-to-right, on the America East logo behind the left wing at Patrick Gymnasium. Two more dribbles and a jab step later, and Singletary let fly over Vermont point guard Trae Bell-Haynes outstretched right arm.
Singletary’s shot exploded through the bottom of the net with 1.5 seconds remaining in the game, sending Albany’s bench into celebration – albeit a slightly demure one considering the circumstances.
Apparently they’ve gotten used to winning in wild fashion.
Singletary’s long-bomb sent the Great Danes to a 47-44 win in the most hostile road environment in the America East, pushing Albany to 8-0 in conference play, a full two games up over Vermont and Stony Brook and squarely in the America East driver’s seat.
The Great Danes, who have won the past two America East championship games on the road as four-seeds, have now won eight-straight games and 11 of their last 12. Even more remarkably, they’ve won their past four games, including road wins over Stony Brook, Hartford and Vermont – the heart of the America East – without star guard Peter Hooley – arguably the team’s best player – who has returned home to his native Australia to help care for his mother who is battling colon cancer.
And yet the Great Danes have only played better in Hooley’s absence.
Sometimes there are simply no logical explanations for what happens on the basketball court, and right now seems to be one of them: Right now it’s Albany’s world and we’re all just living in it.
As for what Brown is feeding his team before games: “Raw meat, a few nails each day, and Hulk Hogan vitamins!” tweeted the Great Danes head coach after the game.