Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Feb 11, 2016
- RAPTORS: 42
WOODS CHARTER (SENIOR NIGHT): 41
RALEIGH -- Senior point guard Devin Kirk ended his Senior Night in style with a game-tying three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining, and freshman Beau Bryant hit a game-clinching free throw with 3.2 seconds remaining as the Research Triangle boys' basketball team erased a 10-point second half deficit to win a wild 42-41 affair over Woods Charter on Thursday night at the Dream Center in the Raptors' regular-season finale.
The Raptors (9-14, 6-10 NCAC) led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, but Woods went on a 15-2 run over the first five minutes of the second quarter en route to a 26-19 halftime lead; it was a lead that the Wolves (3-15, 3-13) would not relinquish until the game's final seconds.
RTHS trimmed the Wolves' lead to 6, at 34-28, at the end of the third quarter, but RTHS was unable to get any closer than 5 for most of the final frame. RTHS trailed by 4 at 40-36 when Woods called a timeout with 1:04 remaining, but Woods would turn the ball over on the ensuing possession. Kirk was fouled and made both ends of a one-and-one to bring RTHS within 2; the Raptors' defense would then force a turnover and Kirk hit a three pointer, but that shot was waived off by a questionable traveling call. The Raptors fouled on the next Wolves possession, but they would convert only one of the free throws to push the lead back to 3, setting up Kirk's game-tying triple.
The thrilling finish sent the largre Dream Center crowd into a frenzy, and the players fed off their energy. "That crowd was awesome tonight," Raptors coach LaMont Frazier said after the game. "They made this game a lot of fun, and we're happy to get a win for them."
Zaire Stukes led the team in scoring for the second straight game, dropping 16 points. J'Quan Deal and Beau Bryant scored 13 apiece.
When asked about his team's lone senior, Frazier beamed with pride. "Devin is an extension of myself on the floor. He always knows exactly what needs to be done. It's fitting that he hit that shot to tie it."
The Raptors will be seeded sixth in next week's NCAC Tournament, and will travel to either Kestrel Heights, Roxboro Community, or River Mill Academy on Monday night.