by Richard Blue, Staff Writer
SOUTH used six clutch free throws in the final 78 seconds to defeat
Torrance, 68-65, in a wild Bay League contest Friday at South.
This game enables Centennial to take sole possession of first place in the
Bay with a 2-0 record while Torrance and South are both 1-1.
With nearly 2,000 spectators screaming themselves hoarse, three different
South players each hit two free throws under the greatest of pressure.
Ross Ritchie hit two at the 1:18 mark to make it 62-59 South. Then after
Torrance's Mile Cattivera made two foul shots, Jim Gastleum made two free
throws with 40 seconds left. He had scored only one point prior to that.
Again Torrance scored to pull within one, that on a basket by Brad Smith,
but John Callahan hit two foul shots with 17 seconds left to make it
66-63. Both teams scored a basket each to end the game.
Torrance had scored 10 straight points to end the first period and take a
24-18 lead. The Tartars maintained that lead, and seemed well on their way
to a win when they scored seven points in the first 90 seconds of the
third period to take a 10-point lead of 46-36.
But South starting using a full-court press and it forced just enough
turnovers to enable the Spartans to come back. Torrance only led 52-50 at
the end of the third period.
Bill Landers scored at the start of the final quarter to tie the game, and
Callahan scored another basket to tie it again.
Then Bob Moffett hit two baskets in a row to give South a 58-55 lead,
which it never lost. Moffett had 21 points, Callahan 16, and Ritchie 12
plus 13 assists.
Smith had 18 points and Cattivera 17 for Torrance.