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Warren Aarias Austin attempts to score during the Lake Forest and Warren boys basketball game at Lake Forest High School on Friday, February 1, 2013. I Stacie Scott~for Sun-Times Media
It is every basketball player’s dream to hit a game-winning shot with no time left.
In six days, Warren senior Aarias Austin has done it twice.
His fall away three-pointer with no time left gave the Blue Devils a thrilling 48-46 win over Lake Forest Friday night.
Austin’s dramatics comes on the heels of his buzzer-beater last Saturday to beat Mundelein. It also concluded a 10-point fourth quarter comeback by the Blue Devils, giving them a split of the season series with the Scouts.
“I’ve been in a shooting slump all season. Tonight we hit it when it mattered most,” Austin said, who finished with 14 points and was 1-of-8 from three-point range before the final shot. “I’m so happy.”
Warren (13-9, 5-5) was in position for Austin’s heroics when senior Derek Mason (14 points) drained a three-point shot with four seconds left, cutting the Lake Forest (13-6, 4-5) lead to one, 46-45. Before the Scouts could inbounds the ball, senior Carter Bass was whistled for an offensive foul. Warren retained possession with a chance to win.
After a time out, Mason had the ball under the Lake Forest basket. Warren called for two screens, one by senior Dre Von Hill on his man and senior Artell Rosquist on Austin’s. Austin caught the pass from Mason and, with Lake Forest senior guard Ben Simpson defending him tightly, fired a fall away three-pointer that rattled in, giving the Blue Devils the victory.
“You make him make a tough shot and he did. Ben was in his face. Nothing you can do,” Scouts coach Phil LaScala said.