Person's 11-point, 4th quarter comeback sinks Southern
Jashawn King-Barnette put a storybook ending on what had been a horror story for the Person Rockets, sinking a breathtaking 3-point basket with a defender right in his face and less than two seconds left to defeat Southern at home in a frenzied come-from-behind win.
The Rockets were down 11 with 6:20 remaining, and as poorly as they had been playing they were fortunate to be that close against a scrappy and determined Spartans squad. But they went on an 8-point tear to pull within 59-58 with 2:33 left, then kept it close, trading the lead several times before King-Barnette nailed the winning basket from deep behind the key.
“I was nervous. I just shot to the best of my ability and luckily it went in,” King-Barnette said. “We were scrambling, trying to find the wide open shot and I just came up with it. I wasn’t wide open. I could have easily made the pass to Tyrone (Outlaw) for him to take the shot.
“I (saw) the clock, I (saw) it was 6 seconds when the ball was on that side of the court, and when it swung to me I really didn’t know how much time was left so I just let it go.”
“I told Jashawn, you had the nerve to take the shot,” Person coach Charles Dacus said. “A lot of guys would have maybe not been ready to take that shot or definitely would have been trying to pass it on, so he did a good job.”
Although the score was knotted 37-37 at the half, Person was not in peak form. And although Outlaw, its star player, topped all scorers on the night with 18 points — slamming a dunk on an inbounds pass, repeatedly pulling up short with a soft jumper that froze the defense, and rejecting a couple of shots down underneath — he also tossed up a few airballs and his rifle passes were sometimes off the mark.
“We’re still battling sickness,” Dacus said. “There were a couple of times there where we could have just quit. We could have laid down there and said, ‘Man it’s just not our night.’ But we didn’t. We gutted it out. We kept battling and the guys got it done.”
While Person was not following through on shots, failing to box out under the boards, getting back slow on defense and misfiring on passes, Southern played edgy ball all night, but appeared rattled when the Rockets came roaring back.
Amari Hamilton led the Spartans with 17 points, and big Isaiah Maurice scored 15. Maurice came up huge on several blocked shots, stifling Outlaw on occasion and slamming a dunk of his own that set the partisan crowd alight.
Southern went on a roll after Person took a 48-47 lead at 2:18 of the third period. The Spartans scored 11 straight points to compile what was beginning to look like an insurmountable 58-48 lead.
But Person’s Tre Tapp hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key at 5:28 of the fourth period, and the Rockets then outscored Southern 8-1 to close the gap to 59-58 with 2:33 remaining, setting set the stage for King-Barnette’s heroics.
In the opening game of the doubleheader, the Southern girls, led by guard Sydni Dobson with 17 points, easily blew by the Rockets 69-44.
Also in double figures for the Spartans were Regene Watson (13), Alexis Joyner (12) and Ariana Tillman (11). Christina Harris was the high scorer for Person with 10 points.
Person 68, Southern 67 (Boys)
PERSON — Tyrone Outlaw Jr. 18, Devin Scoggins 10, Marquis Torain and Tre Trapp 9, Jerry Smith 8, Jashawn King 5, Jeff Hamlette 4, Logan Coats 3, Joseph Downey 2.
SOUTHERN — Amari Hamilton 17, Isaiah Maurice 15, Marvin Tilman 11, Shameik Wilson 8, Tyran Cameron 7, Javon Riley 6, Ben Johnson 2, Jerrick Richmond 1.
Records—Person 10-2, 2-1 PAC-6 4-A; Southern 2-6, 0-2 PAC-6.
Southern 69, Person 44 (Girls)
PERSON — Christina Harris 10, Tianna Hatachett 10, Hannah Riley 8, Jessica Lassiter 6, Taylor Williams 3, Cyanna Lester, Jasmine McCain and Jada McGhee 2, Janeesha Graves 1.
SOUTHERN — Sydni Dobson 17, Regene Watson 13, Alexis Joyner 12, Ariana Tillman 11, Jazmine Billings 7, Addis Lemons 6, Tiffani Aponte 3.
Person 6 17 8 13—44
Southern 24 19 24 2—69
Records — Person 2-9, 0-2 PAC-6, Southern, 4-5, 1-1 PAC-6.