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Westinghouse overcomes first-half deficit, scrapes by Riverside-Brookfield

01/25/2014, 10:16pm CST
By Clyde Travis

Riverside-Brookfield missed two crucial free throws in the final two seconds which allowed Westinghouse to overcome a 12-point first-half deficit and escape the Chops Billinger Memorial Shootout Saturday at Young with a 73-72 win.


Westinghouse's Marlik Williams goes up high to make a basket over Sam Johnson of Riverside-Brookfield. Worsom Robinson/For Sun-Times Media

Westinghouse 73, Riverside-Brookfield 72

THE SKINNY

Riverside-Brookfield missed two crucial free throws in the final two seconds which allowed Westinghouse to overcome a 12-point first-half deficit and escape with a victory in the Chops Billinger Memorial Shootout Saturday at Young.

THE TURNING POINT

Westinghouse trailed 50-45 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth, there were six lead changes and four ties until the Warriors took the lead for good at 66-65 with 1:38 remaining on a free throw by De’Quaniis Jackson.

THE STAR

Jackson scored 10 of his team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter. He was aided by Darrell Ivy and Marlik Williams, who scored eight points apiece in the fourth quarter.

BY THE NUMBERS

Westinghouse held a six-point lead with 27 seconds remaining in the game and withstood a furious rally by the Bulldogs, who trimmed the margin to 73-72 with two seconds to play.

QUOTABLE

“We fought hard to get back in the game and we nearly blew it at the end. We will be back in the gym Sunday to get ready for Farragut, but I am proud of our effort.” — Westinghouse coach Bill Curry

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