COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In a battle for third place in the Columbus City League South, Briggs trailed for most of the night against Independence. Relying on its senior leader Danny Corbett, the Bruins held Independence scoreless for the last six minutes of Tuesday's game, as Briggs held on to a 54-48 win.
Corbett led Briggs with 31 points, as the Bruins went on an 11-0 run to end the game after trailing 48-43 with six minutes remaining. Corbett scored 22 of Briggs' 27 points in the second half, as the senior guard took over, attacking the basket and finishing at a high level in the final two quarters. Accounting for eight of Briggs' 11 points in the run, Corbett knocked down four clutch free throws in the final 15 seconds to seal Tuesday's victory.
Outside of Corbett, junior wing Terrance Yates added nine points off the bench, including a go-ahead bucket with 58 seconds remaining to put Briggs ahead 50-48. Fellow junior guard Mario Turner was also solid on the night, adding seven points and five steals.
For Independence, sophomore forward Benjamin James was effective for most of the night, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, three blocks and two steals. James finished strong underneath and formed with senior wing Dibaji Walker to form a strong frontline, as the pair blocked seven shots on Tuesday. Senior guard Lendell Green added 12 points, 10 of which in the first half, while junior guard Jalen Pellon also finished in double-digits with 10 points.
Walker battled foul trouble in the first half and didn't get too many touches in the second half, finishing with a season-low seven points and six rebounds. Picking up three quick fouls in the second quarter, Walker was thrown off his rhythm and struggled to get back into the flow of the game as Briggs went on its rally in the second half.
With the win, Briggs secures sole possession of third place in the City League South, as the Bruins have notched victories over traditional powers Africentric and Walnut Ridge, while splitting with Independence. It has been Corbett's scoring and leadership that has proved to be the difference, as the senior guard put in a career-high scoring performance on Tuesday to lead the Bruins to victory.