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Boys Basketball: Bass sinks game-winner in Lincoln-Way Central’s 58-55 win over Lincoln-Way West in 3 OTs

Updated: January 23, 2014 6:42AM


Brad Bass caught a pass all alone 28 feet from the basket at the top of the key, turned and nailed the game-winning basket just before the buzzer sounded. It gave Lincoln-Way Central (6-2, 1-2) a thrilling triple-overtime victory over crosstown rival Lincoln-Way West (4-2, 2-1) in a SouthWest Suburban Red classic Friday night at West.


Hayden Witt hit a three-pointer with 24 seconds left in regulation to give West a 49-47 lead. But the Warriors missed the front end of the bonus with 4.3 seconds to play and Central called a timeout with 3.2 seconds left. Pat Michalak fired an inbounds pass about three-quarters court, where Kevin Mampe caught it and was fouled with just a tenth of a second to play in regulation. The Knights had missed their previous four free throws, starting with 1:02 left in the fourth quarter, but Mampe made both to send the game to OT.


Bass, who had 35 points in the teams’ first meeting on Nov. 27, hit the game-winning shot. But he credited Mampe for hitting the clutch free throws in regulation.


The Knights were led by Alex Parks (19 points), Bass (16 points, 9 rebounds), and Mampe (16 points, 8 rebounds). West was paced by a game-high 20 points from Witt, who added seven rebounds before fouling out in the first overtime. Marco Pettinato had 13 points and eight boards and Jon Marotta scored 10 points for the Warriors.


“I was just posting up and (Pat Michalak) got me the ball. Their guy was laying off me, so I was open and just turned and shot it. I hadn’t shot well, but the ball felt good leaving my hand. They beat us in football, but this feels great, knowing we have something on them.” — Bass on the game-winning shot

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