LAWRENCEVILLE — Before Mount Carmel punched its ticket to the sectional, senior Brayden Peterson already knew he was going to Robinson after winning the 3-point shootout before the championship game at the Lawrenceville regional.
"I wasn't too nervous," said the senior Peterson. "I started feeling it. I was coming out here to have fun."
Peterson's 10 out of 15 made shots finished as the best but a shoot-off to break the six-way tie was needed to determine the other three competitors.
Six shooters hit nine. Five shots each from the corners with the top three finishers joining Peterson. Others advancing include Carson Burtis of Harrisburg, Cale Powell from Lawrenceville and Chance Black, who will represent the host Maroons.
Peterson started off his evening hitting only two from the first set of five basketball.
"I was going for three on each rack," said Peterson. "When I got two on the first rack I knew I had to come back."
Comeback he did as Peterson dropped four from the rack at the top of the key. He repeated that feat from rack three and connected on four of the five baskets to end with 10.
"There are zero variables in a 3-point contest," said Peterson. "You're just worried about the goal and the ball and making it in instead of getting your shot blocked. It was a lot easier, I felt.
"If you're not rushed you try to get your feet set and that's what I was trying to do."
Three other Aces had their chances to advance in the 3-point shootout but their attempts fell short. Bret Doan finished with seven made 3s, Blake Golden had six made 3s and Dawson Brown also tallied seven made 3s.
Of course, Peterson was confident enough in knowing that the Aces — who defeated Harrisburg 51-49 in the regional championship later that night — would advance to sectional anyway.
"I knew we were going to win sectional," said a confident Peterson. "I might as well [shoot] at the sectional.
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