What if? What if Southwestern had one more shot?
A rally from a double digit deficit fell two points short at the buzzer as Southwestern’s season ended in the 1A Martinsville Regional championship Saturday night.
Indianapolis Tindley’s Antonio Robinson banked in what proved to be the game-winning shot from the paint with four seconds to go. Following a timeout, Southwestern inbounded the ball to Riley Snepp at three-quarter court. With no one open downcourt, head coach Brady Days called another timeout. From there, Southwestern (14-11) tried to pass the ball down the sideline to Anick Hartsell but the ball was knocked loose and in the ensuing scramble the time ran out on the Spartans’ season.
Tindley (18-9) advanced to the semistate with a 50-48 victory.
Head coach Brady Days on the Cagney's Pizza King Postgame:
Southwestern erased a 43-32 deficit to tie the game at 48 before Robinson’s drive and go-ahead basket.
Aiden Hartsell scored nine of his game-high 22 in the fourth quarter rally. Anick Hartsell scored 14 points to go with four assists.
Tindley 6’4” forward Joseph Glenn led the Tigers with 14 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Robinson and Jayden Pinkston scored 11.
In the semifinal, Southwestern also came from behind. Down by nine in the fourth quarter, 48-39, the Spartans outscored Bethesda Christian 18-2 the rest of the way to post a 57-50 victory. It was the first time the program had advanced past the regional semifinal since 2003.
Aiden Hartsell scored all 16 of his points in the second half. Hartsell also pulled down five rebounds and added two assists. Christian DeArmitt chipped in 15. Riley Snepp added 10 points and nine rebounds. Anick Hartsell was in double figures with 11 points and four assists.
Barrett Burgin topped the Patriots’ scoring effort with 15.