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York's Jack Heinle lays in the winning shot at the buzzer to defeat Curie. Curie's Demarcus Richardson defends. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
York’s Jack Heinle was the loneliest man on the court. He was also in the perfect place.
The 6-4 junior guard recorded a tip-in at the buzzer as the No. 25 Dukes stunned No. 11 Curie 46-45 in the Ronald “Chops” Billinger Jr. Memorial Shootout Sunday at Young.
Senior guard David Cohn scored a game-high 20 points and added three assists and two steals for the Dukes (17-5). He excelled despite missing nearly three minutes of crucial game action in the fourth quarter after he collided with a Curie player.
“In my four years, this is the biggest win I’ve ever had,” said Cohn, who created the scoring opportunity for Heinle.
A Demarcus Richardson free throw with 16.9 seconds remaining gave Curie its final lead. But Richardson missed the second.
Cohn drove the left side and drew 6-9 Curie junior center Cliff Alexander away from the basket. His shot was short.
“I short-armed the ball, but when you have a guy who could probably play in the NBA coming at you, it’s easy to get intimidated there,” he said.
York 6-8 junior center Frank Toohey controlled the ball with his left hand, tipping it off the glass. Heinle (six points) was perfectly positioned on the weak side for the game-winning tip.
“I was just trying to crash the boards and go underneath the basket and Frank made the great play to keep the ball alive and I was fortunately right there,” Heinle said.
Cohn scored 12 of the Dukes’ first 19 points as they bolted to a 23-16 lead at the break. In contrast, Alexander managed only six shot attempts in the game and was limited to nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
“We knew the only way we could win the game was to limit Cliff’s touches,” Cohn said.
York led 38-32 to start the fourth. But sophomore Joshua Stamps scored seven of his nine points in a 12-4 run to spark a Curie comeback. Cohn hit a floater with 1:23 remaining for the game’s final tie at 44-44.
Richardson scored 10 points to lead the Condors (14-6). The missed free throw illustrated the Condors' struggles at the line. Curie uncharacteristically missed 11 of its 19 free-throw attempts. Curie shot just 6-for-16 from the line in the second half.
“That’s probably the biggest shot I’ve ever made in a game,” Heinle said.