River Bluff boys top Dutch Fork in key Re­gion 5-5A game

The State - - Sports - BY CHRIS DEARING

River Bluff boys’ bas­ket­ball wasted a 10-point half­time cush­ion and found them­selves tied at 60 with vis­it­ing Dutch Fork with 14 sec­onds re­main­ing Fri­day night.

All the Ga­tors had to do was get the ball into Terrill Win­dom’s hands. The se­nior guard took a pass near half-court, drove around a de­fender and was fouled on his drive to the bas­ket with 3.2 sec­onds re­main­ing. He calmly stepped to the free throw line and made both free throws for a 62-60 vic­tory over the Sil­ver Foxes in a key Re­gion 5-5A con­test.

“The de­fender came over a lit­tle late and I knew he wasn’t in the po­si­tion to take the charge, so I knew I had to come up and get the foul. I got to the free throw line and knocked them down,” Win­dom said.

River Bluff coach Ben Lee said there were sev­eral op­tions on the fi­nal play, and he was quick to give the credit to Win­dom and his team­mates for mak­ing some­thing hap­pen.

“We work on end-of-game sit­u­a­tions, and I have a lot of guys that can put the ball on the floor and go,” Lee said. “The idea is to keep it spread, at­tack a gap, find a team­mate, take ad­van­tage of an op­por­tu­nity when you see them. I can’t take any credit for that. The kids make those plays.”

JT Reeves led the way with 25 points, 17 in the se­cond half, with Win­dom con­tribut­ing 15 points. It was an im­por­tant win for River Bluff. The Ga­tors, ranked 6th in the lat­est SCBCA statewide poll, im­prove to 15-2 over­all and 1-0 in the re­gion.

It looked as if it would be the Ga­tors in a rout at the half. They used an early 10-0 run and an­other 9-3 spurt go­ing into the locker room to hold a 32-22 lead at the break.

Dutch Fork (10-5, 1-1) wouldn’t go away qui­etly, though. The Sil­ver Foxes, who had won seven in a row com­ing in, opened the half on a 13-6 run in which four play­ers scored to pull within 38-35. Reeves was the main rea­son the Ga­tors kept the lead though.

Reeves hit three straight 3point­ers and added an­other bas­ket to score the first 11 points of the third quar­ter for River Bluff. He did pick up his fourth foul and had to sit un­til later in

the fourth quar­ter.

“JT is a rock for us,” Lee said. “He’s al­ways calm and even-tem­pered, and he makes shots. He did pick up his fourth, and the other guys had to step up and they did.”

Win­dom and An­dre Robin­son were the main two. Win­dom scored eight points in the fi­nal quar­ter, in­clud­ing the game-win­ning free throws.

Robin­son’s steal and pass to Win­dom for a layup with 28 sec­onds re­main­ing made it 60-57. AJ Knight tied it for Dutch Fork at 60 with a step­back 3-pointer with 15 sec­onds re­main­ing to set the stage for the fi­nal mo­ments.

Reeves and Win­dom com­bined to go 10-of-12 from the free throw line in the fi­nal quar­ter.

“We have to win ev­ery game we can,” Lee said. “This re­gion is go­ing to be bru­tal, any­body can beat any­body, so you have to make sure you’re ready to play ev­ery day. If you don’t, some­body’s go­ing to hang an L on you.”

In the girls’ game, Dutch Fork led 28-1 at the half on the way to a 57-17 win. Ka­trice Jack­son scored 16 points and Kennedy Wil­liams added 14 for the Sil­ver Foxes (8-5, 2-0).

Boys Bas­ket­ball

River Bluff 62, Dutch Fork 60

DF – AJ Knight 14, Jarvis McClurkin 10, Brown 9, Ray­mond 9, John­son 6, Gil­liard 5, Dan­ley 4, Green 3. RB – JT Reeves 25, Terrill Win­dom 15, An­drew Robin­son 12, M. Reeves 5, Cusaac 3, Trot­tier 2.

Girls Bas­ket­ball

Dutch Fork 57, River Bluff 17

DF – Ka­trice Jack­son 16, Kennedy Wil­liams 14, But­ler 7, Smith 6, Bren­nan 4, Barn­well 4, Jack­son 2, Daven­port 2, Robert­son 2. RB – Rozier 6, Dumm 4, Hel­dreth 3, Fallen 2, Smith 1, Berndt 1.

PHO­TOS BY JEFF BLAKE [email protected]­fBlakePhoto.com

River Bluff’s Terrill Win­dom drives against Dutch Fork. Win­dom made two game-win­ning free throws.

Dutch Fork’s AJ Knight (11) passes against the River Bluff Ga­tors. Knight, with 14 points, led his team in scor­ing in the loss.

JEFF BLAKE [email protected]­fBlakePhoto.com

River Bluff’s J.T. Reeves, right, drives to the bas­ket against Dutch Fork. Reeves had a game-high 25 points.

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