East St. Louis knocks off Collinsville at the buzzer
On a night when he scored 37 points to go along with 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots, East St. Louis senior Terrance Hargrove Jr. had to share the spotlight with teammate Jeshawn Anderson.
And Hargrove, a St. Louis University recruit, didn’t mind a bit.
Anderson made a 28-foot 3-point jumper with 0.1 seconds remaining Tuesday to give East St. Louis a 67-64 win over Collinsville in a Southwestern Conference game..
A Class 3A all-state selection a year ago, the 6-7 Hargrove scored 15 straight points in the fourth quarter for the Flyers who rallied from a 57-49 deficit to tie the game at 64 with just over a minute remaining.
Collinsville (7-1), which had two starters foul out, including super-quick guard Cawhan Smith, had a chance to take the lead with 38 seconds remaining. But junior guard Ray’Sean Taylor missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 38 seconds remaining to set the stage for Anderson’s heroics..
The final play was orginally set to Hargrove, but when the Kahoks shut off that option and then guarded senior Cornelius LeFlore closely, Anderson looked at the clock.
It read 2.0 seconds.
“Cornelius pump faked and then got the ball back to me. I looked at the clock, saw it had two seconds and took the shot. I was praying it went in,’’ Anderson said. “I’m just glad that it did.’’
The three points were Anderson’s only ones of the gameas East St. Louis (4-1, 2-0) knocked the Kahoks from the ranks of the undefeated.
But for much of the fourth quarter it looked like Collinsville, led by Taylor’s 26 points, would come out on top. But when Smith and then Keydrian Smith fouled out, it paved the way for Hargrove and the Flyers to come back.
“I wanted the basketball. We had their big players in foul trouble and we needed to get them out of the game. When we were able to do that it really helped us alot,’’ Hargrove said. “I’m really at a loss for words right now. I just tried to get the ball inside, take it to the hole and do what I do best.
“I’m just glad for us it all worked out the way we wanted it too. This is a big win for us.’’
East St. Louis second-year coach Mark Chambers also had faith the Flyers would find a way to win. Trailing 51-48 after three quarters, Chambers said he didn’t have to say much in the huddle before the start of the final period.
“I really didn’t have to say much of anything really. The attitude was good and the guys kept saying there was no way they were going to lose this game,’’ Chambers said. “I had total faith that Jeshawn would hit the shot. He hits that shot in practice all the time. Why not hit it in the game.’’
But Chambers also added that Hargrove has taken his game to another level.
“Terrance is playing like he’s on a mission right now,’’ Chambers said. “He always plays hard, but he is playing with tremendous intensity, he’s playing smart and he’s taking control when he needs too. He is our leader and he is going a great job.’’