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Boys Basketball: Richards holds off Eisenhower

Updated: March 18, 2013 6:42AM



Despite playing a crisp first half and leading by 16 points (44-28) at the break, Richards coach John Chappetto had a warning for his players: “This game isn’t over.”

As it turned out, Chappetto was right.

Eisenhower cut its deficit to 63-59 with 5:10 remaining in the fourth quarter behind the shooting of Tyrone Terrell, who canned six of his eight three-pointers in the second half.

Richards, however, weathered the storm and prevailed 80-72 in a South Suburban Red tilt in Blue Island.

The Bulldogs (16-9, 8-4), winner’s of seven straight and nine of their last 10, inched a step closer to the Red crown. With Reavis’ loss to Lemont, Richards locked up at least a share of the conference championship.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in a game at Eisenhower when it’s not like this one,” Chappetto said. “They’re always crazy, close games like this one. There’s a lot of pride at stake from both teams.”

Josh Meier led Richards with 22 points, but received plenty of help from Dedrick Shannon Jr. (18 points), Deon Alexander (12) and Cortez Harper (8).

Shannon, whose father is an Eisenhower graduate, converted four clutch free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.

Terrell led Eisenhower (5-17, 3-9) with 29 points, while Kalin Hawkins (12), Nick Curta (8) and Vinny Curta (8) had strong performances.



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