Anthony Jackson's two free throws with 4.1 seconds left wrapped up Gulf's 44-40 victory over Mitchell Tuesday night, as the short-handed Bucs handed the Mustangs their first loss this season against a county opponent.
"We had a guy in street clothes, because of an injury, and we were missing a couple of other guys," Feldman said. "I told the guys, "It's the eight of you against whoever.' "
On the heels of his exceptional Elgin Holiday Tournament performance in Chicago, Jackson's performance Tuesday might, on the surface, have been viewed as a slight decline. After averaging 14.5 points in the four tournament games, and 15.7 for the season, Jackson had 10 against the Mustangs (5-3).
But his ability to come through under pressuremattered more than his point total.
"We were getting lazy there for a while, not finding a good shot," Feldman said. "Thankfully, Jackson made those two free throws, so I could enjoy the final few seconds. Until then, it had been a Peptol Bismol night."
Mitch Foster led Mitchell with 16 points. Travis Thomas led Gulf (6-6) with 17. The senior scored 11 in the second half.
"The main reason we won this game was because of the Chicago trip," Feldman said. "During timeouts, we had guys encouraging their teammates, and picking each other up. I think they learned some things at the tournament. I tell you, it's a different level of basketball up there."