CHESTER -- South Pointe coach Dwayne Hartsoe admitted that Tuesday's 60-58 thrilling victory over Chester was not a fundamental work of basketball art.
"This was an ugly win, but I guess that we will take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day of the week," Hartsoe said after his team rallied in the final minute to edge the Cyclones.
Indeed, the final two minutes was one that both teams would like to forget. They combined for 11 turnovers, but the Cyclones made the most crucial errors.
Leading 58-55 with 44 seconds remaining, Chester yielded a steal to South Pointe forward Tre Erby, who was fouled with 39.4 seconds remaining.
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Erby missed both shots, but found the ball in his hands after a Stallions offensive rebound. After several passes, Erby squared up for a deep jumper from the right corner. This time, the ball swished through the net for a tied game, 58-58, with 14 seconds remaining.
Chester elected not to call timeout and attempted to push the ball upcourt. However, the ball was knocked loose and into the hands of Stallions forward Corey Kessler. He dribbled from mid-court for an uncontested lay-up with 2.6 seconds remaining for a 60-58 South Pointe lead.
Following a timeout, the Cyclones attempted a long pass to guard Jamarcus McClinton, who led all scorers with 28 points. The pass bounced off the ceiling, giving possession and a two-point victory to the Stallions.