Tyler Ennis’ Putback Lifts St. Benedict’s Over Plainfield

For 31 minutes and 54 seconds of gametime, it looked unsure.

But when 6’2” guard Tyler Ennis rose up to put back a missed Denzell Taylor free throw and give St. Benedict’s a two-point advantage over Plainfield with six seconds left, in one giant swing, the 20th-ranked team in the nation was back where they were used to being: in the lead.

A Sekou Harris desperation heave caught only backboard for Plainfield, letting St. Benedict’s escape, 67-65, on Saturday night in West Orange, New Jersey.

“I knew they were going to try to ice [Taylor], so, at the end of the game, we were ready to get the rebound if it came off the rim,” said Ennis, simply.

Ennis finished with six points and seven rebounds, but none bigger than the ones that came with six seconds remaining.

At multiple points in the second half, it looked like Plainfield had the game under control, but the backcourt play of Ennis, senior Melvin Johnson, and freshman Isaiah Briscoe helped the Grey Bees storm back.

“It shows our heart,” said Ennis. “We were down at the half, we were down the whole game. We just fought back. We don’t have too deep of a bench, so we just fought with the guys we have.”

Johnson, who is signed to play with the University of Miami next season, finished with a game-high 29 points and Briscoe chipped in with 14.

“I’m trying to lead by example,” said Johnson, whose 29 points earned him MVP honors. “I try to show it vocally, but you have to lead by example in games like this.”

The Grey Bees move to 4-0 on the season, but Johnson says this is come-from-behind victory was important in their growth as a team.

“I now have trust in these guys,” he said. “We were 3-0, but we hadn’t had a test like this. It’s good to get this kind of test early.”

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