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Before Schaumburg met Morton in a Class 4A Glenbard North Regional semifinal, it knew it was in for a challenge.
But the Saxons prevailed, pulling out a 63-59 overtime win Wednesday.
“It was a fight out there,” Schaumburg head coach Matt Walsh said. “Both teams played so hard, I’m really proud of our guys.”
The two continued to creep up on each other throughout the game, but Schaumburg came out big with Kyle Bolger slamming home 22 points in the second half and into overtime.
“We all helped create off the dribble, looking for shots,” Bolger said. “We were mixing up our game as well and off penetration. That’s how we were getting our open shots and that’s how we were getting to the lane. It made the defense decide whether or not they’ll step up to the shooter or step up to the penetrator.”
It was Morton’s Waller Perez (14 points) that forced the game into overtime on a jumper with 1:32 left in the fourth. With 35.5 seconds left in overtime, Perez nailed another jumper to make it 59-57. There were seven total fouls recorded in overtime, including one on Bobby Green with 15.7 seconds left that allowed Schaumburg to take a 61-59 lead. Schaumburg cut off Morton at 59 while they climbed up to 63 on free throws.
“It was great,” Bolger said. “We made sure we stepped up, we didn’t want this to be our last game, especially the seniors. It’s very important to us.”
Schaumburg will go on to play Oak Park -River Forest Friday night and it’s prepared for another tough game.
“From here on out, the teams get harder and OPRF will be as good, if not the best team we’ve played all year,” Walsh said. “This is what high school sports is all about, It’s a shame someone has to lose but I’m proud of all of those kids. We expected a battle.”