southtownstar
SMOOTH 
Weather Updates

Boys Basketball: Sandburg defeats Crete-Monee in two overtimes

Updated: January 20, 2014 9:51PM



With a chance to win the game in regulation, Sandburg’s Alec Martinez committed a turnover trying to make a play on a drive to the lane.

The Eagles didn’t get a shot off, with the ball rolling out of bounds.

“I was looking to penetrate, kick the ball out to Niko Kogionis in the corner,” Martinez said. “The defender stripped it, and the ball went off my leg.”

The Sandburg guard didn’t have to wait long to redeem himself. Martinez opened the second overtime session with a corner three-pointer, putting the Eagles up for good on the way to a 75-65 win Monday over Crete-Monee at Joliet Central’s MLK Day of Hoops.

“We were struggling to get open shots, and I heard our coaches yelling ‘Be aggressive,’ ” Martinez said. “Once Eric (Straka) drove, I knew I was going to have the shot. All I did was shoot.”

Straka finished with 23 points for Sandburg (6-9), with Martinez adding 18. Kogionis and Niko Cahue (11 rebounds) had 12 points apiece for the Eagles.

After Martinez’s overtime-opening shot from distance, the Eagles kept it simple in the second overtime. They hit their free throws, drilling 16-of-18 overall in the extra sessions. Crete-Monee hit 14-of-27 free throws for the game.

“We were thankful they struggled some with free throws, and we practice free throws enough,” Cahue said with a laugh.

The game was knotted at 50 after four quarters and at 59 through one overtime.

A Tyler Williams three-pointer cut Sandburg’s lead to four points with 17 seconds to go, but Crete-Monee’s Rashad Lee (10 points) was called for a technical. Cahue hit two frees for the original foul and Peter Paxinos hit two more to ice the win for the Eagles.

Sandburg was coming off a big win Saturday over Stagg at the United Center but concerns about a letdown or weary legs for the Eagles were unfounded.

“The adrenaline kicked in,” Cahue said. “We were down 47-40 (in the fourth), but we knew 0-0 in overtime, we could come out and win it.”

Williams finished with 23 points, including five three-pointers, for Crete-Monee (11-7), with Brandon Johnson adding 19 points.

Williams’ floater in the lane as the first-overtime buzzer sounded came up just short.



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.