Don’t look now, but Rob Gray might just be becoming a player for the big moments as he took Boulogne Metropolitans 92 on his back and carried the team to a road win over Germani Brescia. Gray scored 10 of his team-high 16 points in the final 2:27 as Metropolitans came back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter for a 70-75 road win. Add to that the driving layup he converted just before the halftime buzzer and the 26-year-old Gray scored 12 points in clutch moments.
Gray started the fourth quarter on the court and left with just under 7 minutes left and the team down 64-54. The gap was still 10 points (66-56) with 5 minutes to play and when the EuroCup debutant returned to the court with 149 seconds left on the clock, Metropolitans trailed 68-63. He immediately drew a foul and made 2 free throws. Then Anthony Brown trimmed the gap to 68-67, resulting in a Brescia timeout.
After the talk at the bench, Brandon Brown came up with a steal and on the break gave it up to Gray, who used his strong frame to fend off a defender and put his team back ahead. On the next possession, Gray worked around a screen and drained a three-pointer for a 68-72 lead with 59 seconds left. Gray called his own number on the next offense, racing past the bigger defender and then taking the contact from the help defense and getting the layup to fall. He missed the and-one free throw, but the advantage was 68-74 with 28 seconds remaining. Gray would score Metropolitans' final point on the next possession, splitting two free throws.
"We were down 10 with about 5 minutes to go - nothing none of us haven’t faced before in our professional career. We just had to show some grit, get some momentum and try to come out with a win by any means,” said Gray, who debuted in Europe in 2018-19 with JL Bourg and joined Metropolitans last season.
Gray said afterward that his main goal is to represent the club well: "We’re writing history for this club and we're trying to make the best impression as possible as well as advance and set ourselves up a good position going into the playoffs," he said.
As Metropolitans continues to mount victories, Gray’s name and standing will only get more known for his performances in big moments.