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Botwin's last-second jumper lifts Capac past BWAC foe Richmond

Josh Harvey, of Capac, launches a jumper over the outstretched arms of a Richmond foe last week. photo by Kevin Kissane.

January 21, 2009
CAPAC — Jon Botwin drained a 15-foot jumper with 1.6 seconds remaining, lifting host Capac to a dramatic 41-40 victory over Richmond in a Blue Water Area Conference varsity boys' basketball battle on Tuesday, January 13.

With the outcome, Capac improves to 4-3 and 2-1. Richmond falls to 7-1 and 2-1.

In Tuesday's battle, Richmond took a 10-9 edge after one quarter was history.

The second quarter would prove a closely contested one as well.

It was there Richmond generated nine points and Capac hit for six.

That staked Richmond to a 19-15 edge at the halftime break.

When the action resumed, Capac inched closer.

Thanks to a 13-11 third quarter edge, Capac whittled their deficit to 30-28 at the 24-minute mark.

And the outcome would remain up for grabs the rest of the way.

With less than 10 ticks remaining and staring at a 40-39 deficit, Capac patiently worked for a potential game-winning shot.

The ball found its way into the hands of Rick Jones, who promptly passed the ball back to Botwin.

He squared his shoulders to the target, elevated and released a shot that proved true.

The last two seconds ran off the clock, signalling an apparent end to the contest. Or so the Capac followers thought anyway.

The officials huddled together and ruled that Richmond had called timeout before the clock had zeroed out.

A total of 1.6 seconds was put back on the clock. It had come down to this.

Following a series of timeouts, Richmond's offense dug in with hopes of orchestrating some last-second heroics of their own. They were met head-on by a Capac defense which was determined not to let the scoreboard count change.

One second, then two seconds elapsed. Richmond then threw the ball toward halfcourt, only to see it fly out of bounds past its intended target.

Since the ball did not touch anyone, Capac was afforded the opportunity to inbound the ball from where it was thrown. The Chiefs successfully executed the play, earning a win few gave them a chance to acquire heading in to the contest.

Jones (10 points, including two field goals of the three-point variety) topped a list of seven Capac scorers. He was backed by Anthony Closurdo (eight, featuring a pair of treys), Matt Burgess (seven points), Botwin (six), Josh Messner (four, with a triple) along with Joe Johnson and Josh Harvey (three, including one field goal of the three-point variety, apiece).

Jesse DePauw led Richmond with a 10-point effort. Josh Queen added nine points, featuring three treys, to the Blue Devils' cause.

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