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Dundee-Crown wins Sycamore tourney in thriller

Updated: November 25, 2012 12:01AM

Just before the championship game at the Leland G. Strombom Thanksgiving Tournament in Sycamore, Dundee-Crown coach Lance Huber remembered commenting to some friends “if we’re going to win tonight we need JT (Beasley) to have a great game.”

Those words proved prophetic. Beasley was sensational in the Chargers’ 70-68 double-overtime win over Rockford Lutheran. He hit the game-winner at the buzzer in double overtime with a running off-balance, one-handed shot from 10 feet out on the baseline. He finished with a team-high 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

“We know we are going to get consistent play from B-Rod (Brandon Rodriguez) and Dylan (Kissack),” said Huber. “But JT is our wild card. He can be a little up and down. But when he is on he can make big plays and he did tonight. I think the important thing for him was he hit some perimeter shots early on and that opened him up to penetrate. And when he’s doing that, he creates scoring opportunities for us.”

Beasley’s heroics began long before his game-winning shot. The Chargers were trailing 64-56 with 1:40 left in the first overtime when Beasley hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to ignite an improbable comeback. Following a Crusaders turnover, Rodriguez hit another three-pointer from the far corner to cut the deficit to 64-62 with 0:29 on the clock. Rockford Lutheran again turned the ball over and Beasley responded by driving the lane to tie the game at 64-64 on a floater with 0:02.8 left to send it to a second overtime.

Cordero Parson was also a hero for the Chargers. He hit a three-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to tie the game at 54-54 and send it to overtime.

On the game-winner by Beasley he took an inbounds pass from Kissack just past halfcourt with 0:03.2 seconds left, dribbled toward the basket and then pulled up along the baseline, and then while falling backwards managed to get off an awkward shot that hit the back iron and dropped in.

“I was just trying to get open around a tight cut,” said Beasley. “They went to guard Brandon and that left me open. From there I just tried to get down the court as fast as I could and get a shot off. I wanted to drive closer to the basket but they cut me off, so I had to get up what I could. I couldn’t believe it went in. It was an amazing game.”

The Chargers stingy defense stymied the Crusaders high-octane offense in the first half, holding them to just 21 points and one three-pointer. Rockford Lutheran was averaging 74 points a game coming in and had 13 three-pointers in a win against Burlington Central on Friday. The Chargers scored the first nine points of the game and led 25-21 at the break. However, the Crusaders caught fire to hit 11 three-pointers after the break.

Kissack added 13 points for the Chargers. Rodriguez and Parson had 13 points each.

In other action at Sycamore, Hampshire won the third-place game 58-54 over Newark in another overtime contest. Tyler Crater had 23 points to lead the Whip-Purs. Shane Hernandez had 15 points.

The host Spartans were 60-48 winners over St. Francis De Sales in the fifth-place game. In the seventh-place game Burlington Central fell to 0-4 with a 63-61 loss to Chicago Power House. Duncan Ozburn had 23 points for the Rockets.

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