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Franklin Park Friday 12/14/12 Hinsdale South's#24 Larry Motuzis and#20 D. J. Deolitsis apply pressure to Leyden's#1 Omar Lozoya. | Jerry Daliege~for Sun-Times Media
There was no way Leyden’s Omar Lozoya was not going to take the last-second shot with the game on the line Friday in Franklin Park.
The senior guard drained a long pull-up jumper with three seconds remaining to give Leyden an exciting 47-45 West Suburban Gold win over Hinsdale South.
“I really wanted to take the last shot,” Lozoya said. “I was feeling confident about the shot and I’m lucky it went in. It was a game-winner, so this one was big. It’s a great feeling.”
The Eagles (5-2, 1-2 in WSC Gold) gained possession of the ball and called timeout with 31.7 seconds remaining to set up the last shot.
Lozoya, who finished with 14 points, five rebounds and four steals, was looking to drive to the basket, but tight defense forced him to pull up and hit the clutch basket with three seconds left. Following a timeout by the Hornets (2-6, 1-2 in conference), Justin Ward took the inbounds pass just beyond half-court and fired up a shot that bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
“We were running an isolation ball screen for him and he made a great play coming out of it,” Leyden coach Bill Heisler said. “We’re going to put the ball in his hands at the end of the game like that because he makes plays for us. He definitely made a big play for us tonight.”
Leyden starting center Anthony Gonzalez played a couple minutes in the first half and then sat out the rest of the game because a knee injury.
Hinsdale South overcame a 42-36 deficit with 5:44 left to set the stage for the dramatic ending.
“In all honesty, we’re down,” Hinsdale South coach Tanner Mitchell said. “They’ve played their hearts out all season and we’ve had a ton of tough losses. It’s starting to take a little bit of a toll, but we’re trying to stay real positive with them.”