BELLEVILLE — Belleville East coach Abel Schrader didn't like his team's energy until the final five minutes of the game.
Darreon Reddick's three-point play with 4.5 seconds left lifted the Belleville East Lancers over the East St. Louis Flyers 67-66 Friday in a Southwestern Conference game.
The Lancers overcame an 11-point deficit in the last five minutes to improve to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the SWC.
"Give credit to East St. Louis, they played well, but I think our energy most of the game wasn't very good until the last five minutes,'' Schrader said. "Maybe it was the fact that we got out and started pressuring them full court and causing them to turn it over a time or two or take some shots they missed, but in the last five minutes our energy got a lot better and we were abe to get to the basket and we were able to finish.''
Reddick drove the length of the court for a layup after Johnny McCray scored inside off a pass from Deshawn Munson to put the Flyers ahead 65-64 with 11 seconds left.
Reddick was fouled and added the free throw.
Reddick was called for an intentional foul for grabbing the Flyers' Justin Smith after he crossed the halfcourt line with 1.2 seconds left.
Smith missed the first free throw, but made the second, cutting the Lancers' lead to one point.
Munson inbounded the ball to Smith, whose 16-foot jumper from the baseline clipped the corner of the backboard at the buzzer.
The Flyers dropped to 3-3 overall, 2-1 in the SWC.
A sellout crowd of about 2,000 attended the game. Belleville East athletic director Jim Loyet said about 150 fans were turned away.
The Lancers were led by Malcolm Hill with 23 points, Reddick with 19 points and Cameron Hunter with 11 points.
The Flyers got 13 points from Daniel Williams, 10 points from Trayvon McCray and Johnny McCray and eight points from Munson.
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