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Jacobs' Will Schwerdtmann (right) hugs Nick Ledinsky after Ledinsky sank a three-pointer during the second overtime Tuesday against Dundee-Crown. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media
Nick Ledinsky kept Jacobs alive with a desperation three-pointer at the end of regulation Tuesday, and then he finished the job with an inspired effort in the second overtime.
Lendinsky drained two more treys and had a key steal that led to another basket in the first 90 seconds of the second extra frame to help the Golden Eagles knock off rival Dundee-Crown 76-66 in a wild Fox Valley Valley contest in Algonquin.
There were seven ties and six lead changes after halftime, but Jacobs (8-7, 3-1) seized the upper hand for good with an 8-0 run to start the second overtime. The Golden Eagles snapped a four-game losing streak against the Chargers with the triumph.
Will Schwerdtmann finished with a game-high 25 points for Jacobs, but Ledinsky stole the show by scoring 11 of his 20 points in the final eight minutes.
“Anything I was tossing up there was going in,” Ledinsky said. “(In the second overtime) we decided we were better than this team, we weren’t going to let it go any further and we were going to end it right now.”
Jacobs trailed 58-55 coming out of a timeout with 29 seconds left in regulation. As time began to wind down it seemed like the Eagles would never get a good look at the basket, but Ledinsky took a pass in the corner and lifted a high arching three-pointer with defenders in his face that splashed through the net as time expired to force overtime.
“I got a second to look at the clock so I knew how much time was left and how I could adjust my shot,” Ledinsky said. “It paid off. I knew there was somebody on my right and a recovering defender in front of me, so I knew I had a little bit of time to take a shot. I got it off as quick as possible.”
Dundee-Crown (11-4, 2-1) had some last-second heroics of its own when Brandon Rodriguez scored on a runner with four seconds left in the first overtime to tie the score at 64. Jacobs quickly called timeout after the bucket but never got a shot off once play resumed.
The second overtime was all Jacobs as the Golden Eagles went 5-for-5 from the field. In contrast, the Chargers committed six turnovers and went 1-for-6 from the field in the final four-minute session.
Rodriguez and Dylan Kissack both had 16 points to lead the Chargers. Rodriguez also had nine rebounds, four assists and four steals, and JT Beasley chipped in with 15 points.
Lake Ojo had 14 of his 16 points in the second half for Jacobs, which shot 54.7 percent (29-for-53) from the field. The Golden Eagles made 11 three-pointers, with Schwerdtmann and Ledinsky sinking five apiece.
“We are actually a great shooting team,” Schwerdtmann said. “Everyone just overlooks us as they don’t think about it, but everybody on the team can pull it from deep.”
JACOBS 76, DUNDEE-CROWN 66 (2 OT)
Dundee-Crown (11-4, 2-1)
Kissack 5 5-6 16, Rodriguez 6 1-2 16, Beasley 5 4-5 15, Muscat 3 1-2 7, Conley 3 0-0 6, Parson 2 0-0 4, Buckley 0 2-2 2. Totals 24 13-17 66.
Jacobs (8-7, 3-1)
Schwerdtmann 10 0-0 25, Ledinsky 6 3-5 20, Ojo 7 2-5 16, Berndt 3 1-2 8, Billings 2 0-0 4, Micel 1 0-0 2, Murray 0 1-2 1. Totals 29 7-14 76.
Dundee-Crown 9 16 19 14 6 2 -- 66
Jacobs 13 17 16 12 6 12 -- 76
Three-point goals -- D-C: 5 (Rodriguez 3, Beasley, Kissack). Jacobs: 11 (Ledinsky 5, Schwrdtmann 5, Berndt). Fouled out -- None.