Boys Basketball: Curie tops Warren, in first Pontiac title gameCliff Alexander puts one on the boards for Curie. Patrick Gleason ~ For the Sun-Times
Updated: December 30, 2011 6:33PM
This is Curie’s 15th trip to the Pontiac Holiday Tournament, but the Condors have never played for the championship.
Warren kept finding magical moments to keep that streak intact on Friday, hitting shots at the end of regulation and the first overtime. But in the end, the Condors wore through the Blue Devils for a 77-68 win in double-overtime and a trip to the title game.
Simeon and Curie will face off Friday night in the first ever Pontiac Holiday Tournament title game between two Chicago teams.
JoVaughn Gaines drained a three with eight seconds to play in regulation to send the game into overtime, then it was a layup from Jon Geske to tie the game after the first overtime.
“We kept making big shots but eventually out luck just ran out,” Warren coach Chuck Ramsey said.
For the second consecutive day, it was Malcolm Hill-Bey that stepped up in the crucial moments. Hill-Bey scored the first basket of the second overtime and then shot 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final minute to seal the win.
Devin Foster led the Condors with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Jibreel Jackson scored 13 with eight rebounds and Hill-Bey added 10 points and five assists of the bench.
Curie center Cliff Alexander had 11 points and 13 rebounds, but shot just 1-for-9 from the free throw line.
Warren was in foul trouble throughout the game, with four players eventually fouling out. Toledo-bound center Nathan Boothe spent most of the game on the bench in foul trouble, playing just 10 minutes.
Darius Paul led the Blue Devils with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Mitchu Munda scored 14 and Gaines finished with 10.