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March 22, 2014

St. Louis beats Potomac State on Conners' 3-pointer

DANVILLE — St. Louis Community College sophomore Randy Reed II picked the perfect time to come up with his only assist in Friday’s consolation bracket semifinal game against Potomac State.

Reed’s perfect kickout pass to sophomore Cortez Conners resulted in the game-winning 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left giving the Archers a 72-70 victory over the Potomac State Catamounts in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at the Mary Miller Gymnasium.

“The play was for Randy Reed to take it to the hole,’’ said Conners, who also got fouled and hit three straight free throws on the previous possession. “But if the defense collapsed on him, he was going to kick it out to me. He kicked it out to me, it was a great pass, and I knocked it down.

“I got to hit it. It’s what I live for.’’

Ironically, the play was called by St. Louis Community College assistant coach Steven Lee and Conners is his nephew.

Lee was filling in on Friday for head coach Randy Reed, who was forced to return to St. Louis because of his teaching job at McCluer North High School.

“The plan was to win it for him, so that he can be here tomorrow,’’ said Conners, as Reed will return to Danville today for the consolation championship game against South Suburban. “We had to win it, so he could coach the last game with us.

“We wanted to win the National Championship, but we’ll take seventh place.’’

Lee, who has been an assistant coach with Reed for a number of years, including a pair of state championship teams at McCluer North, said his plan was for either Randy Reed II or Conners to take that final shot.

“I told them in the timeout, that we will live with the drive to the basket with Randy, but if Cortez is open, I will life for it, as well,’’ Lee said. “Randy was very unselfish. He had hit three straight big drives down the stretch, so I figured that they would be looking at him.’’

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