January 24, 2017
By Christopher Sich
It’s Nov. 30, 2015, there are three minutes and thirty seconds left in the game and the Stars are down by three to the Illinois Tech Scarlett Hawks. Stars guard Kevin Mack shows open at the three-point line, catches and shoots and the ball rattles off the front of the rim. Freshman Connor Dratt wrestles for the rebound and kicks the ball out to Tim Robertson who pulls up from 15-feet and drains the two-point jumper, inching him closer to the 1,000 career point milestone.
On January 10, Dominican junior Tim Robertson became the 18 member of the Stars’ 1,000-point club, scoring 11 points in an 87-72 loss at Concordia University Chicago.
“This is a big accomplishment for me, especially since I was not highly recruited out of high school,” Robertson said.
According to Dominican Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mark White, Robertson has worked extremely hard and has improved each season.
Born and raised in Hyde Park, on the southside of Chicago, Robertson played sports throughout his childhood Basketball though wasn’t always Robertson’s sport of choice, he began playing baseball and it wasn’t until sixth grade that he started playing basketball. His main sport and passion was always baseball, but junior year of high school that changed.
“I went to Hales Franciscan High School and I never thought of playing basketball in college,” Robertson said. “But on short notice I applied to Dominican, got a call from Coach White, and found Dominican to be a good fit.”
However, the journey hasn’t always been easy. Several injuries have gotten in the way. Two patellar injuries, achilles and back sprains have forced Robertson to work hard, but he has never given up…
Both teams go back and forth for the next two minutes as the temperature in the Igini Sports Forum begins to rise. The fans are on their feet, holding their breaths; the gym is pulsating. One error can decide the game and the pressure is exponentially increasing. The coaches from both teams are yelling, jumping, trying to will their team to victory. Again, the Stars find themselves down by one with 11 seconds left on the clock with the ball in their possession. The noise in the gym is suffocating; senior Josh Mayberry has the ball in his hands as the clock slowly ticks down. Mayberry passes to Dratt that’s open at the free-throw line. Seven, six, five…
Robertson’s will to keep fighting is one of his greatest attributes, and it is thanks to his dad that he keeps going.
“I look up to my dad, he is my biggest fan but also my biggest critique,” Robertson said. “He goes to every home game and he keeps pushing me forward.”
Robertson not only works hard on the court, but also in the classroom.
According to Robertson it has been a challenge to balance the two, but being a first generation college student makes him want to set an example for future generations that wish to attend college.
“I want to make my family proud, make my dad proud; they are my inspiration and I want to thank them for all their hard work,” Robertson said. “My dad takes the risk by paying for my tuition, so I repay him by working hard.”
The challenge of being a student-athlete is also an inspiration in itself. Robertson sees it as a challenge to prove stereotypes wrong.
“Being a man of color we have certain stereotypes put on our shoulders, especially when it comes to college, so I like proving stereotypes wrong,” Robertson said.
Robertson has proved stereotypes wrong and his basketball career is indicative of it.
Four, three… Dratt pulls up and nails the two-point shot, giving Dominican a one point lead. The crowd is ecstatic. The Scarlet Hawks check the ball in and run down the court. They attempt a three-point shot, but it gets blocked, and the game ends. After being down by 13, the Stars clawed their way back, and won in thrilling fashion.
This game, this moment, was one of the memorable moments of Tim Robertson’s basketball career. Just like his journey, Robertson and his team kept on fighting and never gave up. This win put the Stars on a three-game win streak helped turn their season in the right direction.
“Being with my teammates and seeing us hit the game-winner, it really stuck with me,” Robertson said.
The Stars currently have a 7-8 record and are playing competitive and resilient basketball.
“The team has been very resilient, we have shown that we are able to bounce back from a tough loss,” White said. “But we need to become more consistent with our overall play on a day-to-day basis.”
The Stars next game will be on January 24 as they face off against Maranatha Baptist in Wisc. Make sure to cheer on Robertson and the Stars at their next home game on January 31, as they face off against conference rival Rockford University.