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Damien Terrell is making a name for himself.
The little brother of Eisenhower’s leading scorer -- Tyrone Terrell -- came up big as he hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 35 seconds to play and the Cardinals held off Tinley Park for a 75-73 victory in a South Suburban Conference crossover Friday night in Blue Island.
With the win, Eisenhower improves to 2-4 and 1-2 in the league. Tinley Park fell to 3-4, 1-2.
“It was a big win,” Damien Terrell said. “Anyone on this team can shoot a three.”
The Cardinals hit 21 of them on the night, but none bigger than the one at the end. Tinley Park had taken a 73-72 lead on a short jumper by Marcus Stokes with 1:30 to play. The Titans had a chance to increase the lead, but turned the ball over setting the stage for Damien Terrell to bank in his shot from the right side.
“They were crowding the other side, so I popped out to the right side and Nick Curta got the ball to me,” Damien Terrell said. “It looked off a bit when I shot it, but I called glass in my head and made the best of it.
“I guess you can call me little Tyrone.”
Tinley Park missed a trio of hurried shots in the final 25 seconds, the last one going out of bounds off the Titans with 1.1 seconds left. Eisenhower inbounded the ball and ran out the clock.
Tyrone Terrell led all scorers with 21 points on seven three-pointers, including his final one with 3:13 left that gave Eisenhower a 71-69 lead. B.J. Bronaugh had 15 points, Damien Terrell finished with nine, Jonathan Wilson had eight, and Curta added seven points for the Cardinals.
“He’s all Damien,” Eisenhower coach Mike Curta said of his sophomore guard. “He’s his own man. I’m just happy for the kids to get over the hump. We’ve had games like this all season and had some close losses.”
Eisenhower trailed 38-35 at halftime and 55-41 with just over three minutes left in the third quarter. The Cardinals then went on a 26-9 spurt over six minutes to take a 67-64 lead on a trey by Curta with 4:58 to play. Three ties and four lead changes followed.
Tinley Park,which made only one three-pointer in its 32 field goals, was paced by 19 points and nine rebounds from Welbon Garnett, Jr. Orlando Lewis had 17 points and eight boards, Stokes scored 11, and Gregory Williams added seven points for the Titans, who didn’t help themselves by going 8-of-19 from the line and committing eight of their 22 turnovers in the fourth quarter.