LORAIN — Fifteen seconds might not seem like all that much in a basketball game consisting of four eight-minute quarters.
But get three quick baskets in that time to slice an 11-point deficit to five and give yourself a boost of confidence and momentum entering the fourth quarter and it can make all the difference.
Oberlin did just that to close out the third quarter in knocking off Southview 82-77 in non-conference play Saturday night. The Phoenix improved to 3-4 on the year while Southview slipped to 1-3.
“We got a couple quick steals there and a couple baskets,” said Oberlin coach Kurt Russell. “This was a big win for our confidence. We can build off this.”
Southview appeared to have control of the game in the third quarter. The Saints started the second half by outscoring Oberlin 11-2 and added another 11-2 run capped by Montrell Elliot’s 3-point basket to push the lead to 62-51 with less than 30 seconds left in the period.
But Morgan Jones pulled up for a jumper in the lane with 15 seconds left then tipped Southview’s inbound pass to Kris Robinson for a layup and made another steal and lay-in as the clock expired to chop the lead to 62-57 to start the final quarter.
“It got us going,” said Jones, who led all scorers with 25 points. “You could feel it.”
“Oberlin’s a team of runs,” said Southview coach Andy Bastock. “The bottom line is this. Oberlin wanted to win bad and our kids thought they were going to win. When you put those two together, this is what happens.”
Southview did build the lead back to 69-59 early in the fourth quarter but Oberlin never quit scratching and clawing its way back. Tehran Roundtree’s layup and two Robinson free throws put the Phoenix in front for the first time since early in the second half with 2:07 to play. Robinson scored 23 points, Roundtree 15 and both shared the rebound lead for the Phoenix with nine apiece.
After Quincy Ezell tied it with 1:50 left, Southview would not score again. Oberlin closed out the game by hitting 5 of 8 free throws. Quincy Ezell led five Southview double-figure scorers with 17 points. Marshall Crum (16), Josh Biber (12), Elliot (11) and Quinton Ezell (11) were the others.
“We’ve had trouble closing out games,” Russell said. “And we haven’t been very good at the (free throw) line. This was a nice win for us.”
Southview was hampered by the loss of Drew Laurenti, who was involved in a minor traffic accident earlier Saturday. Laurenti started the contest but was kept on the bench after complaining of dizzy spells. His leadership at point guard was greatly missed as Oberlin forced six Saints turnovers in the fourth quarter and 22 for the game.
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Oberlin 82, Southview 77
OBERLIN (82): Kris Robinson 9-3-23, Morgan Jones 10-4-25, Steve Kilgore 5-1-11, Tehran Rountree 5-5-15, Shwaun Stevenson 2-0-4, Dominque 1-0-2, Austin Pinkston 1-0-2. Totals 33-13-82.
SOUTHVIEW (77): Drew Laurenti 1-0-2, Marshall Crum 8-0-16, Quincy Ezell 7-3-17, Josh Biber 5-1-11, Quinton Ezell 5-0-11, Mike Anderson 2-1-6, Montrell Elliot 5-0-11, Ricky Shawver 0-2-2, Tony Sanchez 0-0-0. Totals 33-7-77.
Oberlin 18 25 14 25 — 82
Southview 21 19 22 15 — 77
Three-point goals: Oberlin 3-13 (Robinson 2, Jones). Southview 4-12 (Biber, Qt. Ezell, Ellot, Anderson). Field Goals: Oberlin 33-70 (47 percent). Southview 33-62 (53 percent). Free Throws: Oberlin 13-23 (56 percent). Southview 7-14 (50 percent). Rebounds: Oberlin 35 (Robinson, Rountree 9), Southview 43 (Crum 11). Turnovers: Oberlin 16, Southview 22. Fouls: Oberlin 16, Southview 23. Fouled Out: Kilgore.
Junior Varsity: Southview 56-23.