Boys Basketball: North Chicago holds off Lakes in 2OTLake Villa-12/16/11, Fri./Lakes High School
#34 Justin Bergeron, of Lakes, looks for a open man Friday night vs. North Chicago.
| Joe Shuman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 16, 2011 10:49PM
Aaron Simpson scored 31 points and North Chicago and managed to edge host Lakes 90-86 in double overtime on Friday in a North Suburban Conference Prairie Division game.
The No. 21 Warhawks (6-1, 4-0) blew a nine-point lead in the final 5:52 of the fourth quarter and needed a last-second layup by Marzhon Bryant to tie it a 70-70.
Then, in the first overtime, with Lakes ahead 78-77, Simpson missed a shot, but North Chicago’s Tyrone Linder rebounded and was fouled with 2.9 seconds left.
He made the first of two, missed the second, and Lakes’ Direll Clark hit the rim with a halfcourt shot at the buzzer.
In the second extra period, it was 83-83 with 1:24 left after a basket by Clark (team-high 24 points).
Bryant then made two free throws with 1:06 left to make it 85-83, and after a Lakes miss, Simpson made one free throw for an 86-83 lead with 25 seconds left.
JaVairius Amos-Mays then stole the ball with 18 seconds left and Simpson made two free throws with 16 seconds left to make it 88-83.
Lakes’ Justin Schneider hit a three-pointer with seven seconds left to make it 88-86, but Amos-Mays clinched the win with two free throws with 5.8 seconds left.
“Our kids played hard given the situation they were put in,” said Warhawks coach Gerald Coleman. “I’m glad we didn’t quit.
“We had heart and stuck with it.”
For the game, North Chicago was 24 of 64 shooting, with Simpson just 6 of 29.
Lakes (3-1 in the division, 6-5 overall) was 29 of 70 shooting.
From the foul line, North Chicago was 39 of 59. The Hawks made just one field goal in the two overtime periods.
Lakes, which had three players foul out, was 14 of 22 from the stripe.