RIVERVIEW - Before the shot left his hands, Hillsborough High senior guard Wesley Lewis knew it was going in.
With his team trailing by a point, Lewis sank a 3-pointer as time expired to give the Terriers a 76-74 win against Spoto in a nondistrict boys basketball game Tuesday night.
After the shot, Lewis sprinted to the other side of the court with his arms in the air and was swarmed by his teammates. "Wesley has worked hard all year," Hillsborough coach Andre Lewis said. "If anybody deserved that shot, it was Wesley."
Spoto earned a 74-73 lead when senior guard Justin Lambert scored on a layup with 6.5 seconds remaining.
On the inbound pass, Hillsborough junior guard Juan Washington dribbled down the right side of the court and found Lewis waiting in the corner. Three Spoto defenders leaped to block the shot.
"I was just worried about getting that shot off," Lewis said.
Washington led the Terriers (11-13) with 18 points. Lambert led Spoto (6-13) with 19 points. Lewis finished with 11 points and four assists.
The win was Hillsborough's sixth in its past seven games. The Terriers had a five-game win streak during the first two weeks of January, in which they upset Middleton and Chamberlain, two of the top three teams in 5A-District 10. They went into the holiday break with a 3-7 record.
"We've grown as a team," Hillsborough coach Andre Lewis said. "We've come a long way. We ended up moving from seventh in the district to fourth."