Friday, Dec. 31, 2010
By Seamus Brennan
Paul Maggiore will remember Thursday night for the rest of his life.
Not only did his Downers Grove South club win the York championship by defeating Lyons 56-55 in an overtime thriller, but it did so with him as head coach for the first time at the varsity level. Mustangs head coach Jay Baum was suspended because he was ejected in Wednesdays contest.
We all wish Jay could have been here, but we had to go out there and take care of business, Maggiore said. Its a great feeling to win this really competitive tournament.
Fans in attendance got every pennys worth Thursday night as Jamall Millison hit a game-winning shot with three seconds left in overtime.
It felt good when it left my hands, Millison said. I knew it was going in.
Lyons guard Nick Zeisloft hit one of two free throws with 34 seconds left in regulation to make it 47-47 and forced overtime.
But overtime would be Millisons time to shine as he scored four of his nine points in the frame.
After Zeisloft hit a NBA-distance three-pointer with 42 seconds left in overtime to put Lyons up 55-52, Millison hit two free throws with 21 seconds left to cut Lyons lead to one.
Spencer Mahoney missed the front end of a one-and-one to set up Millisons game-winner.
Jerron Wilburt was spectacular in the contest, leading all scorers with 22 points and was named tournament MVP after the game.
It feels great, Wilburt said. It wasnt the same without Baum here, but Im proud of how I played and how my team played.
Zeisloft led Lyons with 18 points. It was Lyons second year in a row being in the York title game after winning it last year.
We have good players, Lyons coach Tom Sloan said. They make it easy for me and it says a lot about our kids.