Boys Basketball: Tating comes through late for Plainfield East
February 1, 2013 11:56PM
Updated: March 4, 2013 6:37AM
THE STAR: Plainfield East senior guard Roger Tating drove for a layup with 1:11 left and hit four straight free throws, two each with 41 seconds and 29 seconds to go, to help the Bengals stave off Plainfield Central’s comeback bid.
THE MOMENT: Central, after hitting 5-of-7 three-point shots and 7-of-8 free throws in a 26-point fourth quarter, had two shots from under the bucket to win the game in the closing seconds but both went awry.
THE QUOTE: “I knew we had to do anything we could to stop those last shots after I missed that second free throw.” — East sophomore guard Aaron Jordan, who made the front end of a 1-and-1 with 12 seconds left for the final point of the game and finished with 17 points.
THE BREAKDOWN: East (9-13, 6-4 Southwest Prairie) led 45-28 late in the third quarter, but Central (7-15, 2-8) surged back behind senior guards Mitch Young and Curtis Harrington. Young scored 11 of his 17 points and Harrington eight of his 12 in the fourth quarter, when both nailed two three-pointers. Junior center Austin Velasquez chipped in 15 points for the Wildcats.