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Boys Basketball: Richards gets past T.F. North 61-56 in OT

Dedrick ShannRichards makes move basket against T.F. North T.F. North Friday December 19th 2013 Calumet City| Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media

Dedrick Shannon, of Richards, makes a move to the basket against T.F. North at T.F. North, Friday December 19th, 2013, in Calumet City| Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 23, 2014 6:41AM



At one point late in Friday night’s back-and-forth battle with T.F. North, Dedrick Shannon Jr. took a close-up look into a garbage can sitting next to the scorer’s table.

“I got a busted lip,” the Richards junior said. “I was spitting out blood.”

Shannon had ice in his veins when it counted for the Bulldogs, scoring their last six points in overtime and lifting them to a 61-56 South Suburban crossover victory.

Josh Meier had 30 points and 15 rebounds, Shannon 14 points, Thaer Othman eight points and Spencer Tears seven points as Richards improved to 8-1, 4-0.

T.F. North (3-1, 3-1) was paced by Quawone Harris (20 points, 7 rebounds), Dirk Jordan (8 points) and Sadiq Salisu (8 points).

Shannon scored 10 of his points in the fourth quarter and overtime. He didn’t start, due to missing two practices with a high ankle sprain.

“I got it in football season and I’ve been playing with it,” Shannon said. “I reaggravated it (Tuesday) during the Brother Rice game.”

He and the Bulldogs bounced back from their only loss of the season, but it wasn’t exactly a smooth ride.

The 6-foot-8 Meier seemingly had things under control early as Richards built a 23-13 lead and stretched it to as much as 13 early in the third period.

Adding to North’s woes was 6-7 center Vance Jophnson going to the bench after committing his fourth foul and getting a technical.

Rather than fall into further disarray, however, North cranked up the defensive pressure. It rattled the Bulldogs into seven consecutive failed possessions. During that stretch the Meteors were able to turn a 27-15 deficit into a 27-25 proposition.

Harris’ eight third-quarter points lifted North into a 39-all tie, and early in the fourth period the Meteors built a four-point edge.

“They started to increase the pressure, and then when they sped the game up we stopped playing our game and started to play into what they wanted us to do,” Shannon said. “Our coach (John Chappetto) helped us to settle down.”

Richards was able to battle back by drawing fouls. The Bulldogs had just one field goal in the fourth period, but were 16-of-20 from the free-throw line.

“Last Tuesday we didn’t shoot free throws good at all and that’s the reason we lost the game against Brother Rice,” Meier said. “This time we knocked them down.”

T.F. North led 54-53 in overtime after back-to-back baskets by Jaylon Kyles, but Meier responded with a bob-and-weave slam dunk while being fouled with 1:57 showing. Meier (16-of-20 from the line) missed completing the three-point play, but Shannon got to the rebound for a putback to make it 57-54.

A layup by North’s Jordan with 1:04 left got it back down to one point, but a running bank-in and two free throws by Shannon allowed Richards to hang on.



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