A team doesn't go undefeated through the regular season without being able to handle some pressure.
Fremd got plenty of it in the Mid Suburban League title game on Wednesday with Prospect making a fierce comeback via the three ball. But the MSL West Division champs knocked down 10-of-12 free throws in the final quarter to secure a 55-52 win, giving Fremd (25-0) its first ever undefeated regular season and its first MSL championship in four years.
Riley Glassman led the way for the Vikings with a game-high 24 points.
"The undefeated record has got a lot of attention," said Fremd coach Bob Widlowski, who notched his 200th career win. "But one of our top goals from day one was to win the MSL title. The record just became a by product of the kids staying focused and working hard to get ready for every opponent."
Fremd had a comfortable 31-21 lead at halftime behind 16 first-half points from Glassman, but Prospect would make things interesting in the second half. The Knights caught fire from the perimeter as they hit 8-of-14 three point attempts to chip away at the deficit. Kyle Formanski's three-pointer with 16 seconds left in the game pulled the Knights to within 54-52.
After a Benjamin Carlson free throw for Fremd made it 55-52 with 15 seconds left, Prospect got one last chance to tie the game, but Kyle Beyak's three point attempt from the far corner at the buzzer came up short.
Carlson made 3-of-4 free throw attempts in the final quarter. Glassman, Xavier Williams, and Matthew Ochoa each were 2-of-2 from the line in the fourth quarter.
"(Prospect) hit a lot of big shots down the stretch," said Widlowski. "But we have a veteran team that has been in a lot of tight situations. I think that experienced showed. We didn't blink and made some big free throws and took care of the basketball."
The Vikings committed just four turnovers all game.
"We just kept our composure," said Glassman. "This is amazing to be able to do this on our home court."
It is the second straight year that Prospect has lost by three points in the MSL title game. The Knights (15-11) advanced to the title game five of the last six years and won it twice during that span. However, Prospect was battling an uphill battle all night after falling behind 12-2 to start the game.
"I would like to have that first quarter back," said Prospect coach John Camardella. "But I thought after that we did a great job of getting ourselves back in the game by getting some defensive stops and hitting some shots. But there is a reason why Fremd is undefeated. Their clutch free throws down the stretch were huge."
Bobby Frasco had 18 points, including four three-pointers, to lead the Knights in scoring.