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Boys Basketball: Lincoln-Way North wins Medieval Classic

Lincoln-Way North's bench celebrates late fourth quarter before beating Shepard Saturday night's championship Lincoln-Way East. phofor Sun-Times Mediby Jean Lach

Lincoln-Way North's bench celebrates late in the fourth quarter before beating Shepard at Saturday night's championship at Lincoln-Way East. photo for Sun-Times Media by Jean Lachat

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Updated: January 31, 2013 6:43AM



The third time was the charm for Lincoln-Way North, who won the Medieval Classic title Saturday night for the first time, after falling to Lincoln-Way East in the championship game the last two years.

It didn’t come easy, though.

After leading Shepard 46-28 midway through the third quarter, the Phoenix found itself down 51-50 in the game’s final minute.

Daryle Morgan, however, wouldn’t be denied.

Morgan converted a putback into a three-point play to put North ahead for good as the Phoenix survived 57-53 at Lincoln-Way East.

“It’s my senior year and we couldn’t go out without a championship,” Morgan said.

Tre Lewis (15 points, 5 rebounds) and Denton Wallace hit two free throws each in the final 14 seconds to seal the win.

Ryan Pellack paced the Phoenix (10-5) with 21 points. Morgan had 11 points and 19 rebounds.

Jacob Littleton (18 points, 6 rebounds) and Londell Lee (16 points) led Shepard.

North rebounded from a slow start and closed the first half on a 20-5 run to take a 36-26 lead into the break.

After Shepard did damage in transition early on, it was the Phoenix who used the fast break to pull away in the second quarter. Pellack scored eight points during the surge.

“This is the best feeling ever,” Pellack said. “It’s the first championship in our school’s history. I just got open and my teammates gave me the ball.”

North extended the lead to 46-28 midway through the third and led 47-36 after three before the Astros caught fire.

Lee scored seven points during a quarter-opening 15-3 run, including a free throw that put the Astros ahead 51-50 with 1:04 to go.

“I was hoping everyone would settle down,” Pellack said. “When the crowd gets going, it affects us. We just had to settle down.”

The Phoenix settled down in time, thanks in large part to Tournament MVP Morgan, who also was huge defensively, holding Shepard’s hot shooting Davontae Armwood to four points.

“I had to make him my first priority,” Morgan said. “I scouted him on the first day. My coach (John Terry) gave me the call on him. I had to step up.”



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