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In a bounce-back game for Tinley Park, the Titans received the biggest bounce of their season as time expired.
Greg Martin banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Tinley Park to a 62-60 win over visiting Richards Friday in a wild South Suburban crossover featuring five ties and 12 lead changes.
Martin scored 13 points and Vince Gooden added 15 --all in the second half-- as Tinley Park (4-5, 2-2) ended its three-game losing streak.
“I wanted it to go all net, but as I saw it go up, I thought it would hit the backboard and go in,” Martin said. “We’ve got a lot of heart. We’ve been on this losing streak and we just needed one to get back.”
Cortez Harper paced Richards (3-4, 1-2) with 20 points and 6-foot-5 post Josh Meier dominated the paint with 17 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks.
Down 26-23 at the break, Richards took the biggest lead of the game, a 40-29 advantage, midway through the third quarter on a steal and layup from Carter.
Gooden brought Tinley Park back with consecutive fourth-quarter threes to cut Richards lead 52-51 with 4:05 remaining.
“This is a tough one to swallow,” Richards coach John Chappetto said. “We’ve lost two games at the buzzer now.”
The final play saw Martin inbound the ball to Gooden with 4.9 seconds and the length of the floor to go. Gooden zig-zagged down the court and managed to feed Martin with a second remaining, allowing the senior to collect and fire from deep.
“We needed this win in the worst kind of way,” said Tinley Park coach D.J. Brown, garnering his first victory over Richards in six years at the helm. “If you lose and you learn, its not a bad game. If we’ve learned and moved on, (the losses) might have helped.”