Boys Basketball: Bloom’s Donald Moore puts on show in 2OT win vs Homewood-Flossmoor
Updated: November 25, 2011 9:23PM
Bloom point guard Donald Moore put on a show in Friday night’s Chicago Heights Classic championship game, pouring in 22 points and hitting the game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation.
He got plenty of help, though, most notably from Dejahown Freeman and L.J. Johnson, who scored all eight of Bloom’s points in the final period of a 70-65 double-overtime win over No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor at Marian Catholic.
“Everybody stepped up,” Freeman said. “I just want to thank my team. We wanted to come out in our first tournament and set an example. Let people know Bloom is coming.”
Freeman (16 points, six rebounds) started the scoring for Bloom (4-0) in double overtime with a drive to the basket. He closed with a dunk for the exclamation point. In between, Johnson (15 points) converted two layups.
H-F (3-1) was shut out in the period until Tyrone Sherman (17 points) hit a trey at the buzzer.
Bloom, which co-hosts the tournament, captured the crown for the first time since 2008.
“The last few years we’ve been playing for third place, fifth place, sixth place,” Bloom coach Jasper Williams said. “This is big and we hope it sets the stage for the season.”
H-F took a 55-50 lead with 3:15 left in regulation but didn’t score the rest of the quarter. Moore scored to cut the lead to three then nailed a step-back three-pointer with two defenders leaping at him to tie it with five seconds left.
Tim Williams (13 points, five rebounds) missed a trey at the buzzer.
“I told the team ‘give me the ball,’” Moore said. “I wanted the shot and I was able to knock it down.”
The game was tightly contested throughout, with Bloom leading 30-27 at the half before H-F, behind eight points from Williams, drew even at 45 after three.
Johnny Griffin had six points and nine rebounds for Bloom. Delvon Rencher scored 13 for H-F.
Hillcrest 68, Marian Catholic 59: Hillcrest (3-1) captured third place behind Jalen Loving (20 points) and Jovan Mooring (17). Tyler Ulis (20 points) led Marian (2-2).
Thornwood 44, Mount Carmel 40: Khapri Alston (13 points) led Thornwood (2-2) to fifth place. Mount Carmel fell to 1-3.