With a dramatic last-second shot, St. Philip was able to come away with a win on the road in the Southern Michigan Athletic Association Conference.
The Tigers’ Dreyson English hit a 3-pointer as time expired as St. Philip defeated Bellevue, 48-45, in this boys’ basketball conference game at Bellevue on Tuesday.
“I don’t know what to say,” said Dreyson English after the shot. “I thought Hunter (Haley) was going to take the shot. Drew (Latinga) set a pick, and I came around and I wanted to hit it…. So I just pulled up and hit it. It feels great. I’ve never had this feeling before.”
With the win, St. Philip moves to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in conference, while Bellevue fell to 4-2 and 2-1 overall in conference.
The first half featured back-and-forth scoring. However, with the help of four starting seniors, the Broncos were able to edge St. Philip at intermission to carry a 28-21 lead.
Bellevue’s Dawson Morgan (4) and Dreyson English (15) of St. Philip battle for the ball during a rebound of a St. Philip lay-up
Despite trailing early, though, the Tigers’ guard Brayden Darr had a monster first half as he led all scorers with 10 points.
St. Philip came out in the second half flat offensively, and allowed the Broncos to add onto its seven-point lead. But in the fourth quarter and down 11 points, the Tigers surged back hitting a series of 3-pointers to make it a three-point game with 2:43 left to play.
“What a win. We needed that,” said St. Philip head coach Dino English. “We were down 11 points going into the fourth quarter and battled back. They (Bellevue) went into that four corners offense… and we hit a couple of big threes. Once we got back into the game – I think we were down three – and they (the Broncos) started panicking out on the perimeter with their guard play.”
A minute later and it was tied – after another three – and all the momentum was in the hands of St. Philip. The Tigers, as a result, wouldn’t look back.
“It’s a huge win for us tonight,” said Dino English. “I mean, this is a league win – a rivalry – and to come back when being 11 down, and, you know, the guys kept playing hard. This is a huge win for our program. This gives us some confidence to show we can compete with some of the better teams in our league….As a dad, I was ecstatic when he (Dreyson) hit that three.”
Statistically for the Tigers, guard Hunter Haley led the way with 14 points, while Darr had 13 and English added in six.
Bellevue was led by Tony Reid with 15 points and 12 rebounds and Darren Sommers with 13.