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Robson’s 20 fourth-quarter points lead Sherman to victory

December 31, 2015
By Matt Spielman ( , Westfield Republican

FREWSBURG (Dec. 21) - Sherman's Chris Robson was a New York State Sportswriters Association honorable-mention Class D all-state selection a year ago.

The junior is known for his ability to shoot from almost anywhere in the gym.

So when Frewsburg held him to just nine points through three quarters Monday night, the Bears had to feel pretty good about themselves.

They were also probably a little worried about what the fourth quarter could bring.

The Wildcats' sharpshooter scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers, in the final eight minutes alone to finish with 29 points and lead his team to a 63-51 Division 2 West victory.

"He came to life a little bit in the fourth," Sherman coach Cory Emory said about his team's leading scorer. "I just think he was pressing himself too much, instead of letting the game come to him. He wasn't necessarily being selfish. He took a couple to the hoop, you see a free throw or a couple layups fall in, and then the 3-pointers start to fall."

Sherman (3-2, 2-0) held a 36-29 lead heading into the final quarter, but back-to-back 3-pointers from Nyle Bird and Matt Hair brought the Bears to within a point in the opening two minutes.

"As bad as we'd played, I thought 'we're back into this,'" said Frewsburg coach Tom Nelson. "But we really struggled on offense. We knew we'd see 2-3 zone. The shots we took I think were decent,. We rebounded hard. We just didn't finish."

After Frewsburg temporarily grabbed momentum Robson took over.

The 5-foot 11-inch guard hit his first 3-pointer of the night with 6:28 left in the game to stretch the lead back to four.

After Frewsburg (4-2, 1-2) missed out on three free-throw opportunities, including a lane violation, Robson hit another 3-pointer to build a six-point lead. Four straight points by Kolby Parks later in the quarter gave the Wildcats a 48-41 lead before Robson scored 12 straight Sherman points over the next three-plus minutes to safely put the game in the bag.

"We preach with this group that we shoot the ball well enough that when we get the leads, toward the end we should be able to salt things away from the free-throw line," Emory said. "We have a lot of juniors and a sophomore. My seniors are inexperienced seniors. I say every day, try to get better. It's a great win tonight, but it doesn't matter. I think we have improved as the season has gone along."

Robson - who was 2 of 15 from the floor, including 0 of 10 from beyond the 3-point arc entering the fourth quarter -went 5 of 7 from the field, including 4 of 5 from deep, to go along with 6-of-7 shooting from the charity stripe in the final eight minutes.

"I thought our defense held him in check the first three quarters," Nelson said. "He got hot and you almost have to expect that."

Jared Gleason and Kolby Parks combined for nine points in the first quarter as the Wildcats took a 12-11 lead before Mike Delcamp hit a big 3-pointer before halftime to give Sherman a seven-point lead at the break.

"We talked about that in the locker room," Emory said. "We didn't play a very good first half and we were up by five. ... Understand that we are going to get it going. Kolby and Jared had big first halves."

Frewsburg closed to 22-20 at the start of the third quarter on a 3-pointer from Kole Brink and a putback by Hair, but eventually Robson's second field goal of the game just before the buzzer kept the deficit at seven.

The teams combined to miss 78 shots, which led to some big rebounding numbers, including 19 for O'Brien, 16 for Gleason and 14 for Hair.

Parks picked up six steals and Robson had three assists for Sherman, which hit 18-of-24 attempts from the free-throw line.

Frewsburg, which scored just 17 points in the first half, finished 17 of 66 from the field, including 3 of 25 from 3-point range.

"We talk about taking certain things away," Emory said. "We try to take away a team's or a person's strengths. We adjust how our zone moves in hoping that they can't find a way to beat our zone."

Hair led the Bears with 17 points while O'Brien chipped in 11.

"We were just cold. We worked hard and got a lot of offensive rebounds, but we just didn't finish," Nelson said. "We put the ball on the floor instead of going back up. We had 21 offensive rebounds, but very few of them ended up being baskets."

NOTES: Sherman won the jayvee game, 52-35, behind 22 points from Tanner Ramsey. Quinn Conlan led Frewsburg with 16 points.



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