Thursday, December 24, 2015

Laney does it again as Jasper's three caps wild comeback win against Richmond

For the third time in December, the undefeated Laney Wildcats stormed back from a double digit second half deficit and got a key three pointer from Zep Jasper in the game's final minute to secure an improbable win, this time a 55-51 result in the Richmond County Christmas tournament championship game against Richmond Academy.

Jasper's three pointer with 56 seconds remaining gave Laney a 52-51 lead, its first of the game. The Wildcats scored 25 fourth quarter points and overcame a 13 point fourth quarter deficit. Richmond led 31-22 at halftime, and Madison Williams sank a floater with 6:35 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Musketeers their biggest lead at 43-30.

Jasper has made a habit of delivering late game heroics. The College of Charleston signee made a three to tie the game with one minute remaining in regulation in Laney's road win at Richmond on December 1st. The shot punctuated a Wildcat comeback which started when Richmond led by 18 in that game's third quarter. Three days later Jasper made the go ahead three against Morgan County with less than one minute left to cap another Laney comeback, that time after trailing by 20 in the second quarter.

Christian Keeling added 17 points to Jasper's 19. Keeling provided some heroics of his own Monday, scoring 43 points in a quarterfinal round win over Cross Creek while Jasper sat due to illness.

Rashad Calloway and Chris Jones led Richmond with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

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