Fedolph Marshall has cemented his legacy in his high school and this victory will be talked about for years to come!
It was the final match between St. Edward and Don Bosco in the just concluded Catholic Schools Sports Association (CASSA) Basketball Tournament. Fedolph was notably absent from the inspection and the starting lineup. It was learnt that he had some important personal matters to attend to and will be running late.
The 17 year old, 6’6″ Marshall formerly played with Visioneers. This season he is playing for the Bushrod Bulls. He is averaging over 12pts a game in the Liberia Basketball Association 2022 League season.
It was a very competitive game from the jump ball. Both teams traded baskets and for the first two quarters none led by over a field goal.
The absence of Fedolph was surely glaring as ‘The Confessors’ at the time did not have a go to player.
Don Bosco had a burst of energy in the second part of the third quarter and had a 8-0 run, the largest of the game at that time.
With 36 secs on the clock, Fedolph came running into the gym…the students of St Edward went wild, chanting MVP!!!
Immediately Don Bosco called a time out. Fedolph changed from street clothes into his jersey right on the bench. At the end of the time out he entered the game after inspection of his player card.
A defender was assigned to him from the get go.
His presence seemed to have intimidated his opponents, although he had a couple of turnovers and some sloppy plays, Don Bosco did not utilize them.
With two minutes in the game St Edward had cut deeply into the lead and was down half basket. Both teams made plays until the final 51 seconds on the game clock and Don Bosco up by one point.
At their time out, the coach of Don Bosco ordered his players to pass the ball around until the time expired as the game was played without a shot clock. Their plan seemed to be working until at the 17th seconds a player found himself under the rim alone and went for an easy lay up; he missed it!!!
It became a loose ball scramble until ten seconds in the game when Fedolph had the ball in his hands and drove to the basket. He was foul with a sec left to play.
The coach of St Edward, who has been in charge of the team since 2013 winning at least ten trophies with them, drew up a play. He asked Fedolph to position on the block and his teammate should lob the ball to him. It went exactly as planned and Fedolph caught the ball in the air, did an acrobatic twist of his body and banged the shot on the backboard!
The crowd went wild and history was made. ‘The Confessors’ are now three-peats in this tournament.
St Edward won 59-58 with Fedolph scoring 11PTS in the fourth quarter alone.
In the female final, St Matthew won the girls championship over Christ the King Catholic girls.
Congrats to all the winners!!!