Boys Basketball: Buzzer-beater lifts Thornwood over Rich South
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media February 18, 2014 9:26PM
Updated: March 20, 2014 6:36AM
When Rich South’s Denzel Kimbrough buried a dramatic, second-chance three-pointer with four seconds remaining, it appeared overtime was a sure-fire bet for the Stars and visiting Thornwood.
But it’s never safe to gamble when Chelby Frazier roams the court.
Choosing not to call a timeout, Frazier demanded the inbounds pass, raced past a few defenders and flicked in the game-winning layup as time expired for a thrilling 63-61 victory Tuesday night.
“Coach (Paul Slavich) told us if they hit a three and tie it up, don’t call a timeout — go,” Frazier said. “When they scored, my man tried to call a timeout, but I got it and went all the way and got the layup.”
Frazier finished with 10 points while Rashaad Alexander kept Thornwood in it early, pouring in 21 points on 6-of-12 shooting. The Thunderbirds (19-4) have won 10 straight.
“It’s gotta be up there,” Slavich said of where the game ranked. “We’ve had two or three that were very close like this. This and the Lincoln-Way Central game at home when we got the bucket right at the end to win, it ranks up there. It was a very thrilling game, a great game for the fans to watch.”
Kimbrough scored a game-high 23 points for the Stars (10-14) and Myles McCoy chipped in 12 in front of a small but frenzied crowd. South led 16-15 after the first period, and the teams took a 34-all tie into halftime. McCoy gave the Stars a 56-50 advantage midway through the fourth quarter with two free throws.
Then Thornwood started to rally.
Christian Scott (7 points) scored twice before Donzel Vinson (6 points) drilled back-to-back three pointers, the second of which gave Thornwood a 60-58 lead as Vinson roared at his bench.
Thornwood’s Kenneth Bates, a 6-foot-9 junior, battled through foul trouble but looks to be gaining confidence. Bates ran the floor for a dunk and added a soft hook shot, totaling eight points and three blocks for the night.