© St. Petersburg Times
published January 15, 2002
TAMPA -- Winning six of its past eight games gave Hillsborough the confidence it needed in the fourth quarter to beat host Chamberlain 68-53.
And nothing displayed that confidence more than Jack Miller's three dunks, including one in the final second off a steal, which brought the crowd to its feet.
"It feels good (to dunk). That's why we do it so much," Miller said. "Once we do that, the other team's confidence goes down and they don't want to show their faces."
With 4 minutes, 30 seconds left, David Sierra hit a 3-pointer to put Hillsborough up 51-46. Another Miller dunk followed and the Terriers were off to a 9-0 run before Chamberlain's Willie Patrick's scored with 2:47 left.
But Chamberlain could only hit three of seven free throws, and Hillsborough's Sierra, Miller and Tyrone Evans kept scoring.
Four Hillsborough players scored in double figures. Sierra and Miller led the Terriers (8-8) with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Evans finished with 12 and Elijah Dukes had 11.
The Terriers took control of the first quarter with help from three blocked shots, two from Miller and one from Walter Niles, to take a 13-9 lead.
But Chamberlain came back. Greg Lee hit two free throws to tie the game 20-20 and hit two more in the last second of the half to give the Chiefs a 22-20 lead.
The momentum swung back and forth in the third quarter. Otis White hit two free throws to tie the game at 41 with 13 seconds left in the quarter, stole the ball and hit a 3-pointer to give Chamberlain a two-point lead.
With 4:52 left in the fourth, Andre Harrel nailed a 3-pointer to put the Terriers up four. Lee's basket cut the lead to two, but that was as close as Chamberlain would come.