By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
Hyde Park Herald
On Thursday night at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., 6-foot-2 shooting guard Xavier Edwards would drain one of the most remarkable shots of his career and maybe school history. Edwards would haul a 60-foot, half-court buzzer-beater shot to defeat neighborhood basketball rivals the U-High Maroons in a 60-58 comeback.
“It’s not how you start but how you finish,” said Kenwood guard Xavier Edwards after the victory.
“I knew that we only had one possession left and I was the only option open on that in-bounds play,” he explained.
Down by as many as 13 points at the half, the Broncos’ (11-14) defensive pressure ignited two strong quarters of their own, outscoring the Maroons 22-15 in the third quarter and 19-16 in the fourth quarter and combining to outscore the Maroons 41-31 to close the game.
“It was an exciting game,” said Broncos coach Jim Maley.
“Out of my top five memorable moments of my coaching career, this definitely ranks number one on my list,” Maley added.
Although the Broncos would win on a buzzer-beater, there were other big plays that would impact the game down the stretch, including one coming late in the fourth quarter, as 5-foot-7 Broncos guard Juwon Johnson would force his older brother Jordan Moran of U-High into a costly turnover. This keyed a Broncos run. Moran missed one out of two free throws with 1.7 seconds left to play which led to Edwards’ half court buzzer-beater on the ensuing possession.
Final Score: Kenwood 60, U-High 58