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On This Day In History | 1982

January 27, 2011

The Shrikes

On this day 29 years ago, almost 2 years to the day of a thrilling last second win over Eastport, the boys basketball team faced the Ducks again on their home court and triumphed in the contest’s final moments.  The 1st half was close throughout and though the Shrikes never once held the lead, they trailed a mere 2 points at the break.  After a tightly contested 3rd left the blue and white up 1, the squads entered the final frame that saw 6 lead changes and 2 ties.

The Ducks used a 7-2 run at the start of the quarter to build a 4 point edge with 5:47 remaining.  The Shrikes did not regain the lead until a score by Rob Enlow gave them a 44-43 advantage with 2:34 remaining.  After another score gave our boys a 46-43 lead, Eastport connected on 4 straight free throws to vault back in front with 1:23 on the clock.  A free throw by Pete Hensley knotted the score at 47 but the Ducks hit a free throw at the 22 second mark and the 12 second mark to take a narrow 2-point lead with only a dozen ticks left.  In need of a hero, the Shrikes found salvation in Jim Santiago who with 1 second left scored and drew the foul for a chance to win a dramatic game for his team.  With the pressure squarely on his shoulders, in an opposing gym, he sank the game-winning charity shot to give coach Thom Brownworth his second riveting victory at Eastport in the previous 3 seasons.  The box score indicated what a true team victory this was as all 10 players scored with the leading scorer tallying only 10:

  • Rob Enlow | 10 points
  • Jim Santiago | 7 points
  • Darrian Gourdine | 6 points
  • Mark Werkema | 6 points
  • Bruce Harrington | 6 points
  • Pete Hensley | 4 points
  • Graham Reside | 4 points
  • Larry Dy-Liacco | 3 points
  • Tim Kennedy | 2 points
  • John Meier | 2 points




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