Buzzer-beating shot raises 545 past The Young I’s

Army Sgt. Brian Robinson takes it to the hoop for two of his 18 points.

Story and photo by Randy Dela Cruz

Sports Editor, Ho‘okele

Early in the season, The Young I’s (8th Intelligence Squadron) pulled victory from the jaws of defeat with two buzzer-beating shots.

Instead of making it three times this year, The Young I’s had the tables turned around them this time around, as Army Sgt. Brian Robinson called backboard before knocking down a game-winning-bank shot that raised the 545th Transportation Company (545 TC) to a heart-thumping 45-43 victory. It took place in an Above 30 White Division intramural basketball game on Feb. 13 at Hickam Fitness Center, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“It felt good,” said Robinson about how the ball felt after leaving his fingertips. “I was aiming for the backboard.”

The clutch shot from the perimeter came just after Tech. Sgt. William Yeaman drove in the lane and completed a lay-up that tied the score at 43-43.

With 1.8 second remaining on the clock, Robinson motioned upcourt as he received the inbound pass from the sideline.

After making the catch, Robinson put a fake on his defender to create some space and then released the shot just as the buzzer sounded.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Robinson about getting an open shot — especially since everyone in the house knew he was going to get the ball. “I did a little football move. A little juke move to my left before moving to the basket.”

The game-ending shot was a fitting way to end a great basketball game in which both teams fought tooth-and-nail to keep their undefeated record intact.

Besides the hard-fought game between the divisional leaders, there was also a mini duel in progress as two of the top guards in the division, Robinson and Tech. Sgt. Robert Ford, squared off between baselines.

Ford was at his best in scoring 20 points with two three-point bombs from beyond the arc, but it was Robinson who might have stole the show.

Held to only six points in the first half, Robinson caught fire in the second half with a dozen points that included the game-winner.

“I needed to wake up,” Robinson said. “I had been playing all day and I had to wake up. I said my team needed me because we’re down.”

Trailing by 10 points at 24-14 early in the second half, Robinson shook off the cobwebs quickly, as he knocked down back-to-back treys to cut the lead down to four at the 16:34 mark.

Another three-ball by Robinson cut the lead down to a single point, before Sgt. 1st Class Maurice Allen attacked from the post to score a basket that put the 545 TC in front for the first time in the game at 27-26.

The Young I’s responded and seemingly took control at 41-37 after a lay-up by Yeaman, but that’s when Sgt. Gehori Echols pulled up just beyond the arc and swished a clutch trey that cut the lead down to a point at 41-40 with 1:30 left in the game.

“That gave us a lot of momentum,” said Robinson about the shot by Echols. “I had just missed in the corner and then it (Echols’ trey) gave us a lot of hope.”

On the 545’s next trip down court, Robinson completed the comeback with a lay-up that put his team up by a point at 42-41.

Echols connected on one of two free throws, but Yeaman responded with a basket to tie the game before Robinson sent everyone home with the game-winner.

The win not only kept the 545’s record perfect without a loss, but also placed the team in the driver’s seat for the division’s top spot.

“We’re going to try and stay there,” Robinson said. “We’re going to keep on driving.”

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