I guess I see this as a heartbreaking loss for the Lane Tech Indians but it's also the story of a great comeback win by Lincoln Park.
Lane played in very well in the first half, jumping out to a lead in the first quarter and expanded it in the second. They played to their significant size advantage grabbing nearly every defensive rebound. With Lincoln Park not shooting well, it looked good for the Indians at half time.
In the second half, Lincoln Park fought back, chipped away with some threes and some put-backs that they did not have in the first half. Lane got away from what served them well. The big men got in foul trouble and inexplicably stayed in the back court to help bring the ball up. Ya—just get out of the way.
Tied at the end of regulation.
Back and forth in OT. The Indians had a good shot with with less than a minute but it did not fall. Whatta ya gonna do? The Lions brought the ball up, lined up a shot from the corner, but still a two-pointer, and it falls with 2.0 seconds on the clock.
After clearing the floor, Lane still had two seconds to get off a shot. A three quarters court shot comes close . . . . no. Lincoln Park wins 58-56 in overtime.
Lincoln Park advances to take on Oak Park/River Forest in the 4A Lane Regional Championship at Lane on Friday at 7:00.
[And I found this eight year old photo of Lane's Michael Molloy from the 4th grade Championship of the Big Ten grade school league from 2010. I could not resist posting it.]