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Boys Basketball: Rich South rallies past University High

Bolingbrook's Shakur Triplett (42) throws down rebound against Crete-Monee December 26 2013. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

Bolingbrook's Shakur Triplett (42) throws down a rebound against Crete-Monee, December 26, 2013. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 26, 2013 10:33PM

Rich South’s Myles McCoy was ice-cold from the perimeter Thursday.

For that matter, all the Stars were, missing their first 13 attempts from three-point range against U-High.

But shooters keep shooting, and sooner or later, the shots start dropping. They hope.

McCoy shook off his early struggles from distance, swishing the game-winner from the right wing with five seconds to go to lift host Rich South to a 55-50 comeback win in the opening round play at the McDipper Tournament.

“I’ve never hit a game-winner,” McCoy said with a smile. “We ran the play for Denzel Kimbrough because he was hot, but I read the play and it came easy. (When I shot) I wasn’t thinking about it too much.”

McCoy finished with 21 points for Rich South (8-2), with Jeremy Ruffin adding 12 points. U-High (8-2) was led by Caleb Dowdy’s 18 points and Maxwell Rothschild’s 13 points and 13 rebounds.

The Stars dug out of a 42-35 fourth-quarter deficit, taking their first lead at 47-45 on a McCoy three. The junior had missed his first six attempts from beyond the arc.

“We had to keep shooting until you make it,” McCoy said. “All we were thinking was ‘Keep on fighting.’ ”

A hectic fourth period saw four lead changes and three ties, with McCoy’s three the capper on the win. The junior also stole the ball on U-High’s subsequent inbounds off a Darius Juzang deflection, with McCoy hitting two free throws with a second left.

U-High committed nine turnovers in the fourth quarter against Rich South’s halfcourt press.

“We struggled until late third, early fourth, and then we started to play with some energy,” South coach Scot Ritter said. “U-High turned it over right away adjusting, and that got us a little rhythm, a little confidence.”

U-High is making the program’s first appearance at the McDipper.

“We were a little short-handed, eight guys on the bench, and it was some fatigue,” U-High coach Marlo Finner said. “This is a good learning experience for us. Our kids have never competed at this level. I’m proud of them.”

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