Richie Anderson hit a turnaround 10-footer with three seconds left last night to give Sherwood a 58-56 upset win over 14th-ranked Paint Branch at Sherwood in a Montgomery Division II game.
Anderson, a junior who was a standout fullback during the football season, scored 21 points, including 10 in the first quarter. Coming into the game he was averaging a league-high 22.6 points.
Sherwood (8-1 overall, 3-1 in the league) held Paint Branch's 6-foot-8 center, Charles Chase, to 14 points and 11 rebounds. Chase came into the game averaging 17 points and 17 rebounds, but managed only two points and four rebounds in the second half.
The Panthers (7-2, 4-1) took a 54-49 lead with 2:42 left on Percy Moore's breakaway layup. But the Warriors were almost perfect the rest of the way. Anderson hit a 10-foot baseline jumper with 2:16 left to cut the deficit to 54-51. Then Paul Jacobson tied it with 1:44 left with a three-point shot.
After the Panthers' Keith Johnson missed the front end of a one-and-one, Sherwood's Brian Bichy made two free throws with 1:32 left, making it 56-54. Shawn Briggs tied the game 14 seconds later with a 12-foot jumper, but he missed a free throw after being fouled and the Warriors got the rebound.
Sherwood ran the clock down to 14 seconds and called a timeout. Bichy controlled the ball until there were seven seconds left and passed to Anderson in the low post. With his back to the basket, Anderson spun and swished the 10-foot shot from the right side.
The Panthers could not get a shot off after Anderson's game-winner.
"I wanted the ball down low and fortunately the shot was there for me," said Anderson, who also had 10 rebounds. "I just turned and put up the shot. Luckily, it went in."
Briggs had 12 points and Sedrick Robinson 11 for Paint Branch. Eddie Farrell had 12 points and Bichy nine for Sherwood.
Sherwood trailed by four points at the end of the first quarter, but rallied for a 34-31 halftime lead. Anderson scored 10 of Sherwood's 13 first-quarter points as Paint Branch took the 17-13 lead.
Chase had 12 points and seven rebounds in the first half. The Panthers biggest lead of the first period was 12-7 on Shawn Briggs' offensive rebound and layup with three minutes left. Briggs had six points in the period, but missed a breakaway layup and committed three fouls in 7:30.
But the Warriors looked good in the second quarter, converting many fast breaks into easy points. Trailing by 18-13 early in the second quarter, Sherwood went on a 12-4 run to lead, 25-22. Anderson's spinning shot in the lane and ensuing free throw gave the Warriors the three-point edge with 4:17 left in the half.
However, Paint Branch scored the next seven points, capped by Chase's 10-foot baseline jumper and free throw, to go up, 29-25. But the Warriors hit four layups in the final two minutes to lead at halftime.