Boys basketball

Fourth-quarter comeback leads Calumet boys past Whiting

2013-12-17T21:00:00Z 2013-12-26T18:46:15Z Fourth-quarter comeback leads Calumet boys past WhitingAndrew Stem Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 17, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

GARY | Calumet’s boys basketball team scored points in a hurry in the fourth quarter on Tuesday night.

The Warriors scored 20 points in the final four minutes of the game to come from behind and post a 68-67 win over Whiting in a Greater South Shore Conference game.

Calumet (3-1, 2-1 GSSC) trailed 64-59 with 90 seconds remaining, but the Warriors ended the game on a 9-3 run.

“That was a huge comeback for our program,” Calumet coach Matt Justin said. “In the past two years I’ve been here, if we had been in that situation, we would have folded. There’s been some progression in our program.”

Javanta Whitehead, who recorded a double-double with 27 points and 13 rebounds, scored seven points in the span of 26 seconds to put the Warriors ahead 66-64 with 0:50 left.

All three of his baskets in the final minutes came off of offensive rebounds. Whitehead finished 9-of-16 from the floor and 9-of-11 on free throws.

“He dominated,” Justin said. “It was pretty obvious to anybody who watched the game. He was right in there grabbing the offensive rebounds and sticking them back in. He had a ton of huge plays for us.”

After the teams traded free throws, Chris Dietz tied the game for Whiting (2-3, 0-2) with 9.5 seconds to play.

A foul on the ensuing possession sent Montell Winbush to the line for two for the Warriors. He split the pair, and a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer from Whiting was no good, setting off a celebration in front of the Calumet bench.

Calumet outscored Whiting 43-30 in the second half. The Warriors forced 18 second-half turnovers, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

The Oilers made nine 3-pointers and finished 20-of-43 from the field.

Martin Petruf led Whiting with 19 points. He and Matt Dvorscak combined to hit three 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter to stake the Oilers to 58-45 lead.

Dvorscak added 15 points, and Chris Dietz chipped in with 13.

Anthony Harris scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half for the Warriors. Josh Borst added nine points and five rebounds off the bench.

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