BOYS BASKETBALL Phillips leads way as Campbell tops Niles in overtime
He scored six of his 12 points in the extra session.
By GREG GULAS
CAMPBELL -- Terrance Phillips scored six of his 12 points in overtime Friday as the Campbell Memorial High boys basketball team posted a 72-69 victory over Niles.
The Red Devils (8-5) outscored Niles 12-9 count in the extra session at Memorial's renovated D'Amato Field House.
With the game knotted at 60 apiece after regulation, Rick Quinn's four free throws with less than three seconds remaining sealed the victory.
The Red Devils survived a Dan Jones' 30-foot attempt at the buzzer that would have forced a second overtime period.
"Our players worked hard on every aspect of their game this past summer, so we really don't limit their shots," Red Devils coach Brian Danilov said. "We work the ball to take the best shot, not the first shot.
"Every day, we spend extra time on our free-throw shooing and tonight it really paid off for us," Danilov said. "I was pleased tonight with our free-throw effort both overall and in the overtime session."
The game featured 19 three-point bombs with Niles (4-8) canning 10-16 overall and the Red Devils connecting on an equally impressive 9-17 from beyond the arc.
"Anytime you are on the short end of the score, you feel the game comes down to a play here and there," Niles coach Ron Price said. "They played well and hit some key shots but so did we.
"Both teams had some missed opportunities. Give them credit. They are a very athletic team and well coached," Price said.
Quinn leads Niles early
Quinn had 11 of his team-high 17 points in the first quarter as the Red Devils enjoyed an 18-14 lead.
With Kevin Robertson hitting four of his game-high five treys in the first-half, his 15 first-half points helped the Red Dragons to a 33-32 lead at intermission.
Robertson finished with a game-high 24-points.
Phillips scored his first five points in the third period as the Red Devils forged a 44-40 advantage.
Jones, who was ill with the flu and was a game-time decision by Price to play, added six of his 22 markers in the final quarter as the Red Dragons forced the overtime session.
"When Jones penetrates, the defense collapses," Price said. "He was sick the past few days but really gutted it out for us tonight."
Niles was 22 of 43 from the field while Memorial connected on 21 of 47 field goal attempts. The Red Dragons connected on 15-19 free throws while the Red Devils canned 21-33 charity tosses.
Campbell held a 23-21 advantage on the boards with Teyon Harris hauling in a game best seven for the Red Devils. Bill Frech had six rebounds for the Red Dragons.
Jones also had a game-high seven assists on the night.