Thursday, January 26, 2006
By Jerome Michaels
It was a game that both teams had the confidence that they would be the winner of this game. No lead was safe and no deficit was too great to overcome when the Tigers from Woodrow Wilson traveled to Paul VI competing in an Olympic Conference National Division game. The Tigers would lead by a point with 15 seconds remaining in the game only to see Robbie Grant’s basket and foul shot with 1.6 seconds remaining in the game push Paul VI’s lead by two points. After a timeout, Woodrow Wilson would attempt a desperation shot from will behind the half court line but bounced off the ceiling rafters. Paul VI would extend their winning streak to nine games when they escaped with the 77-75 victory.
The Eagles from Paul VI has demonstrated that one player doesn’t make a team. During their winning streak, there have been several times Santini Lancioni has lead the team to the victory. But on other times, Mike Stafford, Shauwn Hines or Bobby Harper has had the shooter’s touch to help the team come away with the victory. On this night, Grant would be the right person in the right place for the Eagles.
Woodrow Wilson would lead by four points after one quarter was completed only to see the Eagles battle back to make this just a one point game at the break. With the Tigers leading 35-34 at the start of the second half, Paul VI would outscore their opponent 22-12 and looked to have a commanding lead heading into the final quarter. But if you have a player like James Inge on your team, no lead is safe. With time winding down, the Tigers would take a 75-74 lead with 15 seconds remaining in the game. Setting up the right play, Grant received a pass inside and was fouled but was able to deposit the basket with 1.6 seconds showing on the game clock. That proved to be enough to hold off the charging Tigers. Santini Lancioni led all scorers with 22 points, Mike Stafford would add 16 and Bobby Harper dropped in 13 points for Paul VI. Woodrow Wilson would be led by James Inge’s 19 points, Mike Williams would finish with 18 points and Andre Baskins chipped in 15 points for the Tigers.