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St. Philip’s Win on Buzzer-Beater

Andy Schmidt

Last Thursday night was an exciting game against St. Philips (MI) and Camden-Frontier (MI). It came down to the wire, but St. Philips ended up winning on a buzzer-beater 46-44.

With five seconds remaining, St. Phillips Tyler Hubbard-Neil found himself in the left corner of the court with the game on the line. He looked for someone to pass to before taking a couple of dribbles and then releasing a floater that went in as the final buzzer went off.

Although Hubbard-Neil had a great shot to win the game, Coach Dino English didn’t plan for the play to end up in Hubbard-Neil’s hands.

“It wasn’t the play we drew up. Actually it was, but the opposite side,” says English.

Coach English wasn’t too thrilled about the win, but he understands a win is a win.

Alex Doyle was coming over to get to the middle and, you know, we had a problem holding on to the ball today. We juggled I don’t know how many balls under the basket. Tyler actually juggled that one and he put the shot up – I thought he got hacked – and it fell. It was a rainbow. it was an ugly win but we’ll take it,” says English.

Coach English’s team seemed to have the game under control, going into halftime with a five-point lead. The Tigers also never lost the lead in the first half.

Although the Tigers had everything going for them, they found themselves in trouble when Doyle and Hunter Haley, St. Philip’s key players, got into foul trouble. Camden-Frontier took advantage of the two players going to the bench and became more aggressive.

With a little over minute left in the game, Calvin Conant hit a three for the Redskins to pull them within one. The next play, Ethan Riddell, Camden player, hit another three with 30 seconds remaining to tie the game.

Riddell lead all scorers with 15 points.