Plainfield South senior center Miles Snowden’s basket off of an inbounds pass with 7.3 seconds left in the game lifted the Cougars to a 71-69 victory over visiting Plainfield East in Southwest Prairie action.
“Go for the win,” Snowden said of the inbounds play. “I trust myself and I trust my teammates. I had faith in whomever took the shot that it was going to go in.”
Snowden scored twelve points but his game-winning bucket took some luster off of what was a brilliant game for Plainfield East’s Aaron Jordan who scored a game-high 38 points (30 in second half) on 12-of-18 from the floor and 14-of-17 on second half free-throws.
Junior guard Shane Ritter led Plainfield South (11-12, 7-4) with 16 points, while teammates Calvin Brooks and Corey Evers added thirteen each. Sophomore Elyjah Goss (12 points) was the only other Bengals player in double figures.
Jordan’s performance even had Snowden singing his praises.
“I never know what he (Jordan) is going to do,” Snowden said. “He can do anything but Corey (Evers) guarded him the whole game and helped us win.”
Plainfield East (14-9, 8-3) led 12-11 after the first quarter led by Jordan’s 8 points. Jordan was held scoreless in the second quarter in limited play due to foul trouble.
An Evers free-throw capped a South 10-0 run that put the Cougars up early 21-15 with 4:14 left in the first half. Later, consecutive baskets by South’s Delvin Harris extended the Cougar lead to 33-24 at the half.
East converted on only 8-of-21 shots from the floor in the first half.
“They came out and out-toughed us early and set the tone,” Plainfield East coach Branden Adkins said. “It just always seemed like they came up with the big play at the end.”
East (led by Jordan) roared back in the third quarter. A Jordan bucket off of a South turnover capped a 12-3 run that cut the South lead to 44-42 at the end of third quarter.
“It was evident that Jordan came out in the second half with some type of personal challenge,” Boe said. “We just tried to not let him beat us at the end in our gym.”
A pair of free-throws by Evers gave the Cougars a 69-66 lead with 19.6 seconds left in the game. Jordan answered with a made pair of his own to cut the lead back to one at 69-68 setting up Snowden’s late heroics.
“Coming into the game, energy was not going to be an issue for the boys,” Plainfield South coach Tim Boe said. “It comes down to who makes plays at the end.”