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Ronald Harris' free throw with 1.3 seconds left wins it for Bellport

Ronald Harris takes his first of two free

Ronald Harris takes his first of two free throws against Half Hollow Hills West. (Dec. 19, 2013) Credit: Daniel De Mato

Ronald Harris appreciated his teammates telling him that they had his back late in the Bellport boys basketball team's League IV showdown with Half Hollow Hills West Thursday.

With the score tied at 51 with 1.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Harris was fouled and sent to the free-throw line to try and win it for the Clippers.

After his first attempt slipped out of his hands and off the back rim and out, Harris said his second attempt was "wet" and "nothing but net," which turned out to be the winning point in the Clippers' 52-51 road win.

"It made me feel good knowing that my team had my back through the whole thing," Harris said. "They gave me the hype to make it. They believed in me."

Bellport trailed by three with two minutes left when Scott Artis scored in the low post, while being fouled, before making the ensuing free throw for a three-point play to tie the score at 49.

"When that basket went in, I knew we had to get a stop on the other end," said Artis, who finished with a game-high 27 points and eight rebounds. "For us, we have to score, get back on defense, take a possession away and hold onto the ball."

The Clippers (2-1) did that, and on their next possession, Artis made two free throws with 30 seconds left to make it 51-49. "The intensity was there and we brought it onto the floor," Artis said.

With seven seconds left, Hills West (2-1) tied it at 51 on two free throws by Terry Harris, who had 24 points.

"We got lucky in catching them in a back-to-back because of the weather," Bellport coach Peter Grossi said.

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