Michael Fleming’s runner leads Stevenson to upset win over Warren
Updated: December 6, 2011 10:19PM
Michael Fleming hit a runner in the lane with 39 seconds remaining to give Stevenson the lead, and Warren missed two free throws and two field-goal attempts in the hectic final moments as the Patriots shocked No. 2 Warren 44-43 on Tuesday in a North Suburban Conference game.
After Fleming’s bucket, Warren’s Nathan Boothe missed two free throws with 26 seconds left, but the Devils got the ball when Fleming missed the front end of a one-and-one with 13 seconds left.
JoVaughn Gaines attempted a shot for the win for Warren from 18 feet, but hit iron. After a scramble, the Devils’ Jameris Smith got the ball and missed from 12 feet as the buzzer sounded and the big Stevenson crowd stormed the floor.
“The kids were unwilling to give up,” said Stevenson coach Pat Ambrose, whose team trailed 22-17 at halftime. “We didn’t shoot too well in the first half, but we just kept chipping away.
“We had to win it on the defensive end ... we had to make a stand.”
Fleming, a senior guard, felt good about his game-winner.
“We just ran our offense. I got open on the drive and the shot went in,” he said.
For Stevenson, Fleming had 16 points, and freshman guard Jalen Brunson added 14.
For Warren, Darius Paul had 19 points and Gaines had eight.
“We just didn’t have good movement on offense tonight,” said Warren coach Chuck Ramsey. “We had 16 turnovers and only nine assists.
“They were able to score down the stretch when they needed to. They have a really good ball club and we are not there yet.”
Warren will play at unbeaten Mundelein on Friday night. Stevenson (5-1) will host Dundee-Crown on Thursday.