A game-changing offensive rebound and two clutch free throws by Colon’s Tyler Schipper clinched a 64-61 victory for the Magi at league rival St. Philip in Southern Central Athletic Association boys’ basketball play on Tuesday night.
The Tigers led by three points with less than thirty seconds to play, but an unlikely turn of events gave the Magi a three-point lead with eight seconds to go and St. Philip’s 3-point shot at the buzzer was no good.
The Magi (4-7, 1-2), trailing by three with 27.6 seconds left in the game, took advantage of a breakdown in St. Philip’s defense, getting the ball down low to a wide open Bradley Yoder, who scored a layup and was fouled in the act.
Yoder missed the potential game-tying free-throw, but Schipper fought through two defenders, grabbed the rebound and hit the put-back, giving Colon a one-point lead with 18 seconds to play.
“We actually set up an out-of-bounds play for a 3-pointer at the end of the game, but ended up getting it down low to Yoder,” said Colon head coach Mike Sowles. “We got two big plays out of nowhere at the end of the game from Yoder and Schipper.”
St. Philip (6-3, 0-3 SCAA) missed a 3-point attempt on its next possession and it was again Schipper who fought his way through a mad scramble and came up with the rebound, getting fouled on the play.
Schipper hit both free-throws, leaving St. Philip with eight seconds for a desperation 3-point attempt.
An Arron Balizet three-pointer midway through the fourth quarter gave Colon its biggest lead of the game at 54-42. Balizet and Ryan Johnson finished with 17 points apiece and Schipper had 16.
But, the Tigers clawed their way back once again, and, after a Dreyson English 3-pointer and another Hubbard-Neil runner, St. Philip led 59-58 with 1:50 to go.
Unfortunately for the Tigers, they were unable to hold to their lead as they dropped to 0-3 in SCAA play.
St. Philip was led by Tyler Hubbard-Neil’s 16 points and Brent DeBree’s 15 points. Debree, a transfer student, was playing in his first game as a Tiger.