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Sherman edges Brocton on Robson buzzer-beater

February 25, 2016
By Cody Crandall ( , Westfield Republican

SHERMAN (Feb. 19) - There is an age-old saying, 'When it comes to postseason, basketball is survive and advance.'

Despite not playing its best game Friday night, fourth-seeded Sherman somehow miraculously found a way to do just that against No. 5 Brocton in a Section 6 Class D quarterfinal game.

After trailing by four points with less than 30 seconds remaining, a lay-in at the buzzer from Sherman junior Chris Robson sent the Wildcats to an improbable 41-40 victory.

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Brocton’s Aaron Riforgiato shoots a layup during the Bulldogs’ Section 6 Class D boys high school basketball quarterfinal game against Sherman.

Following a timeout with around 15 seconds remaining and facing a 40-36 deficit, Sherman got the ball in the hands of Robson, who drained a contested 3-pointer coming off of a screen to cut the Brocton lead to 40-39 with around seven seconds left.

On the ensuing Brocton inbounds pass, Sherman's Kolby Parks deflected the ball away. Following a hectic scrum in front of the basket, Mike Delcamp of the Wildcats ended up getting the ball to Robson yet again, who laid the ball in an instant before the final buzzer sounded.

"The craziest (ending) I've had in a long time," said Sherman coach Cory Emory following the last-second win. "We needed a quick basket, however you looked at it. Chris happened to come off a screen with about three guys in his face and happened to make it. Then when (Brocton) inbounded it, it hit one of our guys' hands and it was a mad scramble. Kolby Parks deflected it and then our big guy that I left in there, Michael Delcamp, scooped it up and flipped it to Chris who happened to be cutting. Just one of those that you couldn't script any better if you tried."

Robson, who ended up scoring a game-high 28 points, got the Wildcats off to a tremendous start in the first quarter, knocking down three shots from long range to help stake Sherman to an early 11-4 lead.

The solid play on both ends of the floor from the Wildcats continued in the second quarter and after an impressive half of basketball, Sherman headed into the locker room with a 23-13 advantage. Out of those 23 points, 14 came from Robson.

"(My teammates) get behind me and they pass me the ball," Robson said of his outstanding performance. "If they want me to shoot it, I'll shoot it."

Brocton finally began to adjust to the playoff atmosphere in the third quarter.

Facing a 31-19 deficit, the Bulldogs ended the quarter on an 11-0 run, which culminated in a corner 3-pointer from Aaron Riforgiato to trim the Sherman lead to just 31-30 entering the final period.

With seemingly all of the momentum, Brocton began the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run to actually go ahead by five, 38-33, with 3:19 remaining.

Fine play from Riforgiato (13 points), Steven Krystofiak (13 points) and Alec Chelton (six points) were all instrumental in the second-half surge from the Bulldogs.

"Offensively, they played the way I know they can," said Brocton coach Matt Seiberg when asked about what keyed the second-half run. "They played with confidence. ... It took us a while to settle down, but once we did we were able to get the ball moving offensively."

Despite the toughness displayed by the Bulldogs, they just didn't have enough down the stretch to close out a tightly contested game on the road.

"It'll hurt my kids," Seiberg said. "It's difficult to lose like that, but in all reality, it doesn't come down to one play. ... We improved by 10 wins this season and this group bought in. They were a great group. It'll be difficult to replace this group, that's for sure."

"Somehow, we pulled that one out," Emory said. "I just told them, 'Hey guys, we were given a second chance. Don't waste it.'"

NOTES: In addition to his 28 points, Robson also collected six steals, and brought down four rebounds. Jared Gleason also chipped in five points and a team-high seven rebounds for the Wildcats. ... Brocton went 11 of 13 from the charity stripe.



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