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Potts keys Tilden to victory

01/20/2013, 6:23pm CST
By Jeff Vorva

Allen Potts scored 29 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and made the game-winning basket to help Tilden earn a 71-69 victory over Eisenhower in the MLK Dream Classic Shootout at Young on Sunday.

Tilden senior Allen Potts drilled the game-winning shot with 22 seconds remaining to propel the Blue Devils to a 71-69 victory over Eisenhower in the MLK Dream Classic Shootout at Young on Sunday.

Potts scored a game-high 29 points and pulled down 16 rebounds to power Tilden (7-10) to the win.

Eisenhower’s Tyrone Terrell returned from a six-game suspension and popped in 28 points.

While the Cardinals (3-11) used their usual run-and-gun style utilizing 14 player subbing in and out, the Blue Devils dressed nine and played six but four of them played all 32 minutes.

Eisenhower trailed by 13 in the third and 69-63 with 2:36 when Terrell had two steals and two treys to knot the game at 69-69 with 1:15 left. Eisenhower had an oportunity to win the game but Terrell’s layup and 3-pointer missed in the final 12 seconds.

The Cardinals were missing BJ Bronaugh with an ankle injury, Vinny Curta with a concussion and 6-foot-8 Devon Brown moved to Texas earlier this month.

“I’ve had experiences this year that I’ve never experience before,” Curta said. “Hopefully this makes me a better man if not a better coach. Any time you deal with young kids, you have to remember you are a teacher but we’re not going to wallow if self pity and whine and cry. We have about 10 games left and you always have hope.”

Terrell, a four-year member of the varsity, returned from a six-game team suspension after a school suspension. He was leading the SouthtownStar area averaging 27 points per game before the December suspension. School officials would not offer specifics but coach Mike Curta said “He took care of what he needed to take care of within our school so he is 100 percent back and ready to go.’’

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