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Hampshire rallies past South Elgin

02/06/2013, 10:23pm CST
By Scott Miller

Tyler Crater scored 27 points and was clutch down the stretch as Hampshire pulled out a 58-53 overtime win over South Elgin.

Hampshire's Tyler Crater (left) drives past South Elgin's Jacob Hicks on Wednesday. | Michael R. Schmidt~For Sun-Times Media

Down by four points with 15 seconds left to play in regulation visiting Hampshire made an improbable comeback to force overtime against South Elgin on Wednesday and then went on to win 58-53 in non-conference action.

Tyler Crater had 27 points to lead the Whip-Purs, who improved to 18-4. Ryan Cork added 19 points, including four three pointers.

With ten seconds left in regulation Crater was fouled on a drive to the basket. He knocked down a pair of free throws to pull the Whip-Purs to within 48-46. South Elgin was then whistled for a five second violation on the ensuing inbound play. Cork inbounded the ball for Hampshire under their own basket up top to Shane Hernandez. Cork then circled around to take a hand off from Hernandez and drove in to tie the game at 48-48 with four seconds left in regulation.

South Elgin (6-18) had one more chance to win it when Matt McClure raced down court, but he missed a driving layup attempt at the buzzer.

With all the momentum heading into overtime Hampshire scored the first two baskets. Crater scored both and added a pair of free throws down the stretch to help seal the win.

“It was crazy at the end,” said Crater. “I think our experience helped us out. We have guys that have played together for a long time and we’ve been in a lot of close games. So we were able to keep our composure.”

Hampshire had squandered an 11 point lead early in the third quarter.

“I thought we were going to start pulling away in the second half,” said Hampshire coach Bob Barnett. “But they battled back. We were really fortunate to be able to pull it out. But we responded back after giving up the lead. I like our focus on defense down the stretch.”

Ryne Lundy had 16 points to lead the Storm. McClure added 15.

“We haven’t been in that situation for a long for a long time and we made some mistakes,” said South Elgin coach Chaz Taft. “We just have to learn to make better decisions in those situations and that will come with experience.”

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