SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The Carteret Ramblers trailed the South Plainfield Tigers by eight points with 2:24 to go and by a one point with under four seconds left in the game. In a basketball game full of comebacks, the Ramblers hoped to get an open last second desperation shot to win the game, and that is just what they did.
Rambler forward Jaquan Robertson took the inbound pass, made a quick move to get open, and hit a 3-point shot from well beyond the arc to send the Rambler crowd onto the court in celebration of a stunning 62-60 victory over South Plainfield on Monday night.
Robertson’s 3-point shot capped an 8-0 run by the Ramblers in the final 2:24 of the game to defeat South Plainfield. It was just one of a number of big comebacks during the game.
After taking an early 6-2 lead to start the game, the Tigers offense sputtered as Carteret went on a 17-0 run to end the first quarter up, 19-6. The Tigers began to claw their way back in the second quarter. SPHS’ Jordan Hankerson’s two 3-pointers spearheaded a Tiger 8-0 run which brought the Tigers to within 32-23 at half.
The Tigers’ Devon Dabel opened the second half with a 3-point shot to bring the Tigers to within six points. The Tigers would continue to mount a spirited comeback, and tied the game 39-39 with 2:00 left in the third quarter on a Dabel layup. Robertson hit a three to put Carteret back up, but South Plainfield’s Lamont Williams tied the game at 44-44 entering the fourth quarter.
South Plainfield’s Kevin Jacobs 3-point shot two minutes into the fourth quarter gave South Plainfield a 49-48 lead over Carteret. It was South Plainfield’s first lead of the game since the 1:45 mark of the first quarter. The Tigers increased their lead to 60-54 on a couple of free throws from Tiger junior Jason Lee, but South Plainfield got cold from the foul-line in the final two minutes which allowed Robertson's last second dramatics.