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There’s nothing athletic about the way St. Ignatius looks or plays but North Chicago left the floor with a different perspective after having to fight to the bitter end to pull out a 79-78 triple-overtime win Saturday night at the MLK Classic at Young.
JaVairius Amos-Mays saved the day for the Warhawks as he sank a free throw with 3.9 seconds remaining in the final overtime period after being fouled 40 feet from the basket to break a 78-78 deadlock.
The Wolfpack (13-6) ran their offense to perfection forcing North Chicago to erase a 15-point first half deficit. Lester Larry sank a three-pointer as time expired in regulation to send the game in overtime for St. Ignatius.
It looked as though May might have won the game in the second overtime after sinking two free throws to put the Warhawks ahead 74-73 with 12 seconds remaining. St. Ignatius answered with Larry sinking 1-of -2 at the line with 6.7 seconds left to extend the game into a third overtime.
“This team (North Chicago) is a very athletic team but they haven’t played in many of these types of game, but they will learn that you have to respect every opponent,” North Chicago coach Gerald Coleman said.
Mays finished with a team high 24 points, JayQuan McCloud had 20, and Kurt Hall added 16 for North Chicago (18-1).
Mays echoed his coach’s sentiment. “We were all out of sync in the first half,” Mays said. “But we had to regroup in the second half.”
Larry led all scorers with 26 points for St. Ignatius, Riley Doody had 14, and Connor Cronin added 13.
Wolfpack coach Rich Kehoe said team had their opportunities. “This was a tough lost, but we have played a triple overtime earlier this year,” said Kehoe. “It was a tough way to lose one, but if we sink our freethrows the game is ours.”