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Boys Basketball: Richards upends Shepard

Updated: March 4, 2013 6:28AM



The Richards Bulldogs are no strangers to late-second heroics — both good and bad — this season.

Four games have gone against them in the closing seconds or final possession and two had gone in their favor.

Make it three, courtesy of junior forward Josh Meier.

Meier’s game-tying basket and game-winning free throw with nine seconds left proved to be the difference Friday in host Richards’ 62-61 thriller over Shepard in the South Suburban Red.

“We’ve won six of seven, and we’re getting hot at the right time,” Meier said. “My grandpa always tells me, ‘1,000, 2,000 people or nobody, shoot the same.’ I normally don’t make those.”

Meier led Richards (13-9, 5-4) with 23 points and nine rebounds. Cortez Harper had 21 points.

The Bulldogs trailed 52-39 late in the third quarter before mounting a comeback. A driving Harper found Meier under the basket with nine seconds to go. Meier went up hard and was hacked but made the basket to set up his game-winning free throw.

Shepard (11-9, 3-6) was led by Kyle Joy (18 points), Londell Lee (17) and Jacob Littleton (13).



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