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Boys Basketball: Last-second layup gives T.F. North 33-32 win over Phillips

Updated: December 22, 2013 2:17AM

Worrying about a Friday loss to Richards nearly cost T.F. North on Saturday.

The Meteors rallied for a 33-32 victory over Phillips in the Chicago Public League High School Boys Basketball Holiday Showcase at Chicago State University.

“This is a young team and they played like it,” T.F. North coach Tim Bankston said. “Our heads were still on that Richards loss and we nearly gave this one away.”

Baskets were at a premium for both teams. T.F. North trailed 16-14 at the half.

The Meteors opened the third quarter with a 9-2 spurt and took the largest lead of the game at 23-18 with 1:24 remaining in the period on two free throws by Quawone Harris.

Phillips tied the score with 1:13 remaining in the fourth quarter on a three-point play by Duane Wright and took a 32-29 lead on a steal and basket by Frank Williams with 25 seconds left.

T.F. North’s Jay Harvey grabbed an offensive rebound and made the putback with 7.7 seconds left to cut the margin to 32-31, and a costly inbounds violation by Phillips with five seconds remaining gave T.F. North the chance to pull out the victory. After grabbing another offensive rebound, the Meteors scored on a Harris layup with one second on the clock.

Harris led T.F. North with seven points.

Dion Irvin paced Phillips with 11 points.

“A costly turnover and poor decisions down the stretch cost us the game,” Phillips coach Lawrence Briggs said.

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