Glass’ late 3-pointer caps WC’s come-from-behind victory
Published 2:57 pm Saturday, February 9, 2019
In the first 14 ½ minutes of the second half against Terry, the Warren Central Vikings scored 14 points and had a decent lead transformed into a seemingly insurmountable deficit.
Thankfully, they still had time to straighten things out.
The Vikings scored 13 points in the last 90 seconds, capped by Jalen Glass’ 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds remaining, to steal a 57-56 victory from Terry in the regular-season finale on Friday. The rally wiped out an eight-point deficit with a little over a minute to go.
“We didn’t give up. We kept fighting and ran our press. I felt like we were in it when we had a minute up there. Even though we were down by five or six, when (Daryious Moore) got the and-one I felt like we could pull this off,” said Glass, who only scored six points but buried the game-winner on senior night.
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Jabari Bowman led Warren Central with 17 points. Braden Wade scored 14 for Terry (12-15).
The come-from-behind win was one Warren Central (14-13) desperately needed. It snapped a four-game losing streak heading into the Division 4-6A tournament next week at Clinton High School. The Vikings face Provine (17-9) in the first round Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.
“Considering everything that went on, it’s good. We needed a little momentum and we needed a little confidence, and I think that will help the team a lot,” Warren Central coach Bruce Robinson.
The Vikings got off to a great start against Terry. P.J. Mims made three 3-pointers in the first quarter — including one from half court at the buzzer — as they built a 30-20 lead at halftime.
The third quarter, however, was a pit of misery.
Terry’s Anthony Ratliff scored all 10 of his points in the period as the Bulldogs outscored Warren Central 23-5. It turned the 10-point deficit into a 43-35 lead going into the final period, and it was still 52-44 with just over a minute to play in the game.
“We tried to run up and down with them. We got out of our groove. But we got back to what we were doing, playing good defense and getting in gaps and all that,” Glass said.
The momentum shifted when Moore and Jabari Bowman each converted a three-point play in a span of about 20 seconds to cut it to 54-52 with 40.9 seconds remaining. Moore made another basket for the last of his 13 points with 22 seconds to go to tie it.
Terry’s Devin Ree scored with 10 seconds left to put Terry back in front, but the Vikings quickly rushed up the floor and got the ball to Glass in the left corner. He took a quick step back outside the 3-point line and let it fly. The ball splashed through the net with 3.1 seconds to go as the gym erupted.
Terry, following a timeout, managed to get a half-court shot off at the buzzer but it was well off the mark.
“He handed it off to Daniel so I came up and like coach teaches us at practice to run my lane. I ran my lane and got my feet set, I was kind of off balance, but I got the shot off. Even though I was off I continued to find my shot,” Glass said.
(G) Terry 47, Warren Central 36
Bryanna Taylor scored 15 points, while Alexis Arrington made three 3-pointers and finished with 11 to lead Terry (21-7) past the Warren Central Lady Vikes (10-15).
Terry led 22-21 at halftime, but pulled away in the second half after Warren Central’s leading scorer Aniya Sanders left the game with a leg injury. Sanders scored nine points, ending a streak of 14 consecutive games in double figures.
“We came back out with all freshmen, or it seemed like all freshmen, anyway,” Warren Central coach Darein Hilliard said with a chuckle. “We played maybe our best defensive third quarter all year, because I’m sure they thought they were going to blow us out without Aniya. We stayed in the game. It never got past an 8-10 point game.”
Zykerri Segrest finished with 15 points to lead Warren Central, which has lost five of its last seven games. It will play Clinton (19-8) in the first round of the Division 4-6A tournament Tuesday at 7 p.m., at Clinton High School.