Of all the players who scored in Tuesday night’s game between Watson Chapel and Sheridan, the Wildcats’ Tevin Brown scored the fewest points.
The senior point guard had just two points, but they were easily the two biggest.
Brown’s floater with 2 seconds remaining lifted Chapel to a 41-39 win over Sheridan in a defensive battle at Watson Chapel High School.
“I just wanted the ball in my hands,” Brown said. “I’m a senior point guard, so I want to get the ball and make the play.”
Chapel (5-1) head coach Matt Busch wasn’t surprised Brown drilled the game-winner.
“Tevin Brown works on his game more than anybody I’ve been around in eight years of coaching,” he said. “It’s fitting the ball goes in at the end for him.
“He just took it upon himself to make the play.”
Brown came into the game with a sore hamstring and, according to Busch, was only about 75 percent healthy for the game.
“It was feeling pretty good tonight,” Brown said about his hamstring. “I took care of it the last couple of days.”
Brown’s shot capped a low-scoring game, but one that Sheridan head coach Joe Scott called very entertaining.
“We played hard,” Scott said. “It was low-scoring, but very intense and very entertaining.
“Both teams played with a lot of heart and a lot of energy.”
For the Yellowjackets (3-6), though, it was just another narrow defeat.
“We’ve lost five games by a combined 12 points,” Scott said. “Hopefully, we’ll learn from these close losses.”
Despite playing a game in Cabot on Monday, Chapel’s defense came out pressuring Sheridan. Early on it looked like the Yellowjackets might not score at all.
Senior Austen Theiss scored Sheridan’s only first-quarter points with about 7 seconds left in the frame. But thanks to a good defensive quarter, the Yellowjackets only trailed 7-2.
Sheridan was able to outscore Chapel 12-7 in the second quarter to send the teams into halftime tied 14-14. C.J. Robinson, who scored 10 first-half points, finished with a team-high 12 points for Chapel.
In the third quarter, the 6-foot-7-inch Theiss finally began to impose his will. Theiss scored six of his game-high 13 points in the frame as Sheridan took a 29-27 lead into the fourth quarter.
A flurry of points by Chapel’s Kyran Thomas helped the Wildcats take a 35-32 lead. An athletic tip-in by Sheridan’s Chris Whitman pulled his team within one point before Ben Marcus restored the three-point lead for Chapel.
With 1:17 left, the Yellowjackets Dylan Morris tied the game at 37-37. Marcus countered with a layup, but Whitman answered immediately, which set the stage for Brown’s heroics.