Boys Basketball: Rich East trims Rich South
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media January 17, 2014 7:42PM
Don Henderson, of Rich East, puts up a shot over Rich South's Jeremy Ruffin at Rich South, Friday, January 17th, 2014, in Richton Park. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 20, 2014 6:42AM
Leading 44-27 after three quarters, Rich East (9-3, 2-2) held off a ferocious rally by Rich South (8-8, 2-2) to earn the Southland Conference win in Richton Park. The Stars closed to within 47-43 with 2:45 left, but the Rockets answered with a 7-0 run to retake control.
Rich East forced seven turnovers in the first four minutes of the game, racing to a 12-2 lead. The Rockets led 18-7 after one and never looked back.
Quinton Moore had a game-high 19 points for Rich East. He scored eight in the first quarter and his short jumper with 2:32 left in the game stopped a 9-0 Rich South run.
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Don Henderson had 16 points and nine rebounds while Marsean Ross contributed nine points for Rich East, which was 22-of-48 shooting from the field. Denzel Kimbrough (15 points, 5 rebounds), Jeremy Ruffin (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Bryce Lydon (9 points, 6 rebounds) led Rich South.
“As a senior, I felt like I had to be a leader down the stretch. I knew we just needed to play defense and rebound and we’d be fine.” — Henderson