Boys Basketball: Buzzer-beater gives Tinley Park win over Richards
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media December 14, 2012 10:44PM
Updated: January 17, 2013 6:35AM
In a bounce-back game for Tinley Park, the Titans received the biggest bounce of their season as time expired.
Greg Martin banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift Tinley Park to a 62-60 win over visiting Richards on Friday in a wild South Suburban crossover featuring five ties and 12 lead changes.
Martin scored 13 points and Vince Gooden added 15 — all in the second half — as Tinley Park (4-5, 2-2) ended a three-game losing streak.
“I wanted it to go all net, but as I saw it go up, I thought it would hit the backboard and go in,” Martin said. “We’ve got a lot of heart. We’ve been on this losing streak and we just needed one to get back.”
Cortez Harper paced Richards (3-4, 1-2) with 20 points and 6-foot-5 Josh Meier dominated the paint with 17 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks.
Down 26-23 at the break, Richards took the biggest lead of the game, a 40-29 advantage midway through the third quarter on a steal and layup from Carter.
Gooden brought Tinley Park back with consecutive fourth-quarter threes to cut Richards’ lead to 52-51 with 4:05 remaining.
“This is a tough one to swallow,” Richards coach John Chappetto said. “We’ve lost two games at the buzzer now.”
The final play saw Martin inbound the ball to Gooden with 4.9 seconds and the length of the floor to go. Gooden zigzagged down the court and managed to feed Martin with a second remaining, allowing the senior to collect the ball and fire.
“We needed this win in the worst kind of way,” said Tinley Park coach D.J. Brown, who got his first victory over Richards in six years. “If you lose and you learn, it’s not a bad game. If we’ve learned and moved on, (the losses) might have helped.”