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Boys Basketball: Bogan topples Morgan Park in overtime

Updated: February 18, 2014 6:41AM



Typically, Bogan depends on star guard Luwane Pipkins for just about everything but rebounding. He scores the majority of the Bengals points and runs the offense, setting up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Against Morgan Park that isn’t the case. Lamont Walker, the Mustangs’ defensive specialist, is able to use his long wingspan to deny Pipkins the ball and generally keep him on the outskirts of the action.

So the Bengals needed another hero Thursday. Enter sophomore Bryce Barnes.

The 5-foot-9 guard nailed a game-winning jumper in overtime to give Bogan a 74-73 win over Morgan Park. The game was played at Julian because of a problem with Bogan’s gym.

Barnes’ jumper came with five seconds to play. He elevated in the lane and shot the ball off the glass.

“That’s my floater,” Barnes said. “We needed to score and I got myself into a good position.”

Bogan (17-2, 5-0 Red South) led 48-29 at halftime and 57-42 after three quarters. The Bengals spent the majority of the third quarter killing clock, protecting their big lead.

Morgan Park (12-4, 5-2) came out with a flurry in the final quarter. Josh Cunningham (18 points, 8 rebounds) and Charlie Moore (15 points) led the comeback.

Barnes (12 points) had a shot to win the game in regulation but missed a three-point try.

Bogan beat Morgan Park in the first conference game at Morgan Park. The Mustangs won when the teams played in the Proviso West Holiday Tournament last month. It’s possible they could play again in the city playoffs and then in the state tournament.

“I’m not tired of playing them at all,” Pipkins said. “They are our only competition.”

Tom Johnson scored 18 points for the Bengals and Antoine Boyd added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Pipkins led the way with 20 and Barnes finished with 12.

“They do a good job of making it hard for me to get the ball,” Pipkins said. “But my teammates stepped up (Thursday). Tom Johnson dominated and then Bryce stepped up and hit the big shot at the end.”



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