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12/3/2013 10:50:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
25th annual Basketball Capital Classic
Buzzer-beater sinks Salukis in third-place game
LAWRENCEVILLE - Red Hill High School's basketball team saved its best game for last in the Basketball Capital Classic, but it still wasn't good enough.

Marshall's Derrick Davidson scored with an offensive rebound just prior to the final horn Saturday afternoon, lifting the Lions (2-2) to a 56-54 win over the Salukis (0-4) in the fifth-place game of the 25th annual event.

It was a bitter pill for Red Hill, which led by as many as six points in the second half and was still ahead by five in the final three minutes.

"We had a good second half against Olney and we had some good moments against Fairfield," Red Hill coach Bryan Havill said. "But overall this was our best game. It's a tough one to lose."

Red Hill's Dalton Murray hit two free tosses with 2:36 remaining, boosting his team into a 52-47 advantage. The Salukis were still in good shape with 1:25 to go, when Jake Allen scored and was fouled. Allen missed the free throw, but RHHS was still on top, 54-51.

That turned out to be just enough time to provide a sour ending. Marshall's Keegan Steele's 3-pointer with 1:10 to play tied the game at 54.

The Salukis had possession and were working for a final shot when Steven Ramsaran was whistled for traveling in front of the RHHS bench with 10.5 seconds left.

Steele was off the mark on a 3-pointer, but Davidson was in the right place at the right time. He put through the winning basket as the horn sounded.

The shot capped a perfect night for the 6-2 Marshall senior, as he was good on all six of his attempts from the floor and finished with 13 points.

It ruined a balanced effort for Red Hill, which was led by 14 points from Murray, 13 from Allen and 10 from Tanner Stoltz. Five others saw action for the Salukis, and four of those five scored between three and five points.

Drew Morris, who tallied 10 points in the opening period, finished with 18 to lead the Lions. Spencer Shaffner, a muscular 6-4 freshman who is going to give Little Illini Conference foes fits for years to come, hit 7 of 11 shots, scored 14 points and led all players with eight rebounds.

"I've been telling our players for the past two or three weeks that they were getting ready to face some adversity, that there will be a lot of ups and downs," Havill said. "This is one of the downs."

The teams exchanged the lead three times in the opening quarter, but the Lions used an 8-2 run to take a 17-12 lead at the first stop.

The Salukis played well in a second period that saw four more lead changes. Murray's 3-pointer at the 1:11 mark gave the Salukis a 29-27 edge. Marshall tied the game on an easy hoop by Shaffner, but Red Hill's Ryan Kolb scored the final hoop of the half to put his team on top at the break, 31-29.

Marshall surged back in front in the third period, but Allen's 3-pointer from the baseline started an 8-0 Red Hill spree. Allen converted a turnover into another basket, freshman Kameron Vinsel sank a pair of free throws and Allen's short baseline jumper with 2:35 to play in the period gave RHHS a 42-36 lead.

Steven Ramsaran's baseline 3-pointer gave the Salukis their biggest lead of the game, 45-38, with 1:27 to play in the period. Morris hit twice from the stripe to pull Marshall to within 45-40 at the stop.

Two baskets by Stoltz helped the Salukis maintain their lead until the Lions rallied in the nick of time.

Red Hill has little time to dwell on the 0-4 start. The Salukis will travel to Mount Carmel - 61-30 winners over Olney in Saturday night's Cap Classic title game - on Tuesday.



Marshall 56, Red Hill 54

RED HILL (54)

Murray (g) 3-6 5-8 14, Allen (f) 6-8 0-1 13, Stoltz (f) 4-12 2-2 10, Ramsaran (g) 2-3 0-0 5, Vinsel 1-4 2-3 4, Holtz 1-1 0-0 3, Breault 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19 36 10-16 54.

MARSHALL (56)

Morris (f) 6-12 5-6 18, Shaffner (c) 7-11 0-5 14, Davidson (f) 6-6 0-0 13, Steele (g) 3-12 0-1 8, Hefner 1-3 0-0 3, Finkbiner (g) 0-2 0-0 0, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-51 5-12 56.

3-point field goals: Red Hill 6-10 (Stoltz 0-1, Allen 1-1, Murray 3-3, Ramsaran 1-1, Vinsel 0-3, Holtz 1-1), Marshall 5-16 ( Steele 2-8, Finkbiner 0-1, Davidson 1-1, Morris 1-4, Hefner 1-3). Rebounds: Red Hill 22, Marshall 20 (Shaffner 8). Turnovers: Red Hill 15, Marshall 9. Fouls: Red Hill 15, Marshall 12.

Red Hill 12 19 14 9 - 54

Marshall 19 10 11 16 - 56

Officials: Dave Jones, Chris Foust, Justin Akers.



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