Donovan Jeter picked a good time to make his first 3-pointer of the season. Forty-five seconds later, he picked a great time to make a layup.
That's the long and short of Jeter's heroic night.
Jeter, a 6-foot-4 sophomore at Beaver Falls, scored five points in the final minute of a showdown Friday night with host New Castle. His layup off a rebound with two seconds left gave Beaver Falls a 62-60 victory in a terrific WPIAL Class AAA Section 2 game.
A packed house watched Beaver Falls and New Castle (10-2, 5-1), two schools with rich basketball traditions, meet in a section game for the first time since the 1980s, and Jeter's heroics broke New Castle's 47-game section winning streak.
Beaver Falls (10-2, 6-0) moved from Class AA to AAA this year.
"This was why we moved up to Triple-A, to play in games like this," said Beaver Falls coach Doug Biega. "What an atmosphere."
Jeter made it into a winning atmosphere for Beaver Falls. His 3-pointer with 47 seconds left gave Beaver Falls a 59-58 lead. New Castle then had the ball with the score tied, but turned it over on a double-dribble call with 9.4 seconds left.
After a timeout, Jeter inbounded the ball to Javon Turner, who hurried up the court and passed to Zach Duffy in the left corner. Duffy's 17-footer missed, but Jeter hurried into the lane, grabbed the rebound and banked in the layup with two seconds left.
"I thought to myself if Duffy lets it go, I might have a chance to get to it if I get in [the lane]," said Jeter.
"It hit short, and I just grabbed it."
Jeter, who finished with 13 points, is the younger brother of Pitt player Sheldon Jeter. Sheldon came in the locker room after the game and, when asked if he would have grabbed that rebound, he said, "I would've tip-dunked it."
The Jeters laughed.
"This win was huge," said Donovan Jeter. "People don't like coming in here to New Castle and playing. This was a very big win."
Josh Creach, another sophomore, led Beaver Falls with 16 points and nine rebounds. Turner added 12.
Marquel Hooker, a 5-10 junior guard, led New Castle with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. New Castle had seven 3-pointers.
"Great game. A great atmosphere," said New Castle coach Ralph Blundo. "Both teams made plays. They just made one more than us."
Mike White: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1975 and Twitter @mwhiteburgh.