Boys Basketball: Late free throw lifts Hales over De La Salle
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media January 24, 2014 10:16PM
De La Salle Tyler Lewis goes up for a shot as Hales' Joseph Larry defends. | Worsom Robinson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 27, 2014 6:43AM
With the score tied at 60, Hales forward Tim Robertson was fouled in the act of shooting by a De La Salle player with 0.1 seconds left.
Robertson badly missed the first shot, and Meteors coach Tom White then called a timeout.
“Well, the first thing I was thinking was that was the worst thing I could have done,” Robertson said. “But then I knew I had to be a senior leader and get the job done (on the second free throw).”
He did. Robertson calmly swished in the game-winning point and the Spartans escaped with an exciting 61-60 Catholic League South win.
It was the first win for the Spartans (11-7, 6-1) over the Meteors (7-9, 4-3) in six years.
Before sinking that free throw, Robertson was scoreless in the second half, after scoring 15 of his 16 points in the first half when his team built a 37-27 lead.
Also for Hales, Joseph Larry had 11 points while E’Mon Frison had all eight of his points in the first half off the bench. Johnny Fox had eight rebounds and four blocks.
“A lot of times you will see referees just let that play out. I don’t think there was too much beef (by De La Salle) — it was a pretty obvious call,” Hales coach Gary London said. “One of my assistant coaches, (Tyrone) Felix, told (Robertson), ‘You’re a senior and you guys have been playing well and you have to step up.’ ”
The Spartans stepped up at the end of the first quarter, closing with a 15-0 run for a 23-9 lead. The Meteors responded in the third with a 19-5 outburst to regain the lead 46-42. Brandon Hutton had nine of his 19 points in the third quarter. He also finished with 14 rebounds and three blocks.
Martez Cameron added 10 for the Meteors.
“This just feels good to finally get over that hump that we’ve had for the past six years,” Robertson said. “That’s the first time I ever hit a (game-winner). It was good to send my team home with a win.”