Post-Game Controversy Turns Bruin Celebration to Frustration

Zach Piatt

Sports Editor

The South Side Archers held off a furious Northrop comeback last night, taking down the Bruins 83-79 in overtime.

Northrop had momentum early. Just seconds into the game the Bruins executed a perfect alley-oop, bringing the crowd to its feet. South Side would take a 22-15 lead after the first quarter on the back of Cortney Shorter’s hot hand.

The Archers increased their lead in the second quarter and felt confident going into halftime. The third is when Northrop started their rally. The Bruins shortened the deficit to five after three quarters of play and kept it close throughout the fourth.

“Our kids gave a heck of an effort in the second half,” says Northrop head coach, Rod Chamble. “They came out and played hard. We just have to continue that momentum.”

Northrop took the lead late, and after a timeout with 4.1 seconds left, the Archers failed to find the basket, sending the Bruins home with a 71-69 win… or so they thought.

After the final buzzer sounded, Northrop was given a technical foul while celebrating. This call led to some discussion between the referees and coaches. In the end, South Side was awarded two free throws for the technical. Trejean Didier sank both for the Archers, sending the game into overtime.

“If we played hard the whole game we wouldn’t have been in that situation,” said Chamble.

At this point, all the momentum swung back to the Archers. Northrop had to turn to their bench in OT, as four players including three starters fouled out. South Side’s energy along with the Bruins’ foul trouble gave the Archers an 83-79 victory.

Didier led South Side with 27 points. Shorter dropped in 22, going 4-4 from deep. The Bruins’ Richard Robertson led the team in scoring with 30. Tyj Cobb also chipped in 28, sinking 16 of 19 from the free throw line.

Northrop’s next game is today, hosting Canterbury at 6:45 pm.

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