Boys Basketball: H-F tops Hillcrest in OT thriller
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media February 9, 2013 5:36PM
Homewood-Flossmoor's Ricky Bullock moves around a pick set by Marcus Willis. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 11, 2013 6:34AM
With nine seconds left in overtime, Hillcrest junior guard Allen Jones drained a three-pointer from the side to tie the game against Homewood-Flossmoor on Saturday afternoon.
Vikings coach Jim McLaughlin trusted his players enough not to call a timeout. Rashaan Surles showed why the coach has so much confidence in them. Surles pulled up for a highly contested three-pointer, drew the foul, but hit nothing but net for the game-winner at the buzzer.
The Vikings escaped with a 68-65 win, avenging last season’s Proviso West Tournament loss to the Hawks in which they blew a 20-point lead and saw that game also decided on a last-minute shot.
“We practice end of the game situations a lot in practice so me and my teammates were comfortable in that situation,” Surles said. “This felt great. The play was actually made by Jason (Scott). He set the screen for me. And we practice coming off the screen shots a lot. When I shot it I knew it was going in.”
Surles quickly ran into the waiting arms of the Vikings fans, who stormed the court in excitement. He finished with 21 points, including 11 in the first half when the Vikings led 34-28.
Maurius Hill scored nine of his 13 points off the bench in the first half. He had three points in the overtime session in which the No. 6 Vikings (18-5) outscored the No. 5 Hawks 8-5.
Jovan Mooring led the Hawks (17-6) with 24 points, including two free throws with 44.2 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Six-foot-7 sophomore Taylor Adway had 16 points before fouling out with 1:27 left in regulation and the Hawks trailing 59-58.
A three-point attempt by Surles at the buzzer in regulation fell short.
“This was a great basketball game and that’s what it’s all about,” Hillcrest coach Don Houston said. “Both teams played as hard as they could and that’s how it goes. They hit a last-second shot and they did what they had to do at the end.
“Jones hit a great shot but he didn’t have a chance to enjoy it very long.”
The Vikings, who raced to a 13-5 lead, led the entire game until the opening seconds of overtime when Mooring hit a layup to give the Hawks their first lead at 62-60.
“It’s a classic neighborhood rivalry and we really respect their program,” McLaughlin said. “Instead of letting them set up their defense we let the kids play so it was a nice win.”