Robertson Hits Game Winner to Beat Bulldogs

Zach Piatt

Sports Editor

Northrop’s Richard Robertson beat the buzzer last night to help the Bruins take down the New Haven Bulldogs 53-52.

“We played a good last half against South Side and that carried over for us,” says Northrop head coach, Rod Chamble. “We’re doing a better job of executing our offense and that should carry over going towards the tournament.”

Neither team ever pulled away from the other and there wasn’t much scoring to go around. The game was filled with great defensive play. Every bucket scored by either team seemed to be answered in the next possession.

New Haven had the biggest lead of the game going up by seven early in the fourth quarter. The Bruins made quick work of that deficit, putting the outcome back in question with just minutes to play.

With 4.6 seconds remaining, Northrop called a timeout with the ball, down by one. The inbound play was designed for Robertson to catch and shoot on the perimeter. The shot wasn’t there on the catch, so Robertson weaved around multiple screens into the post. He went right into the body of a defender and put up a circus shot that somehow found the bottom of the net, sealing the deal for the Bruins 53-52.

“I knew I didn’t have much time left and I had to get to the basket,” says Robertson. “I didn’t even know it went in. I just hoped they didn’t call a charge.”

Robertson led the Bruins with 14 points while the Bulldogs’ Diamond Towns led all scorers with 19.

Northrop’s next game is against South Side in the first round of the SAC holiday tournament Monday, December 26.

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