Eagles overcome Crete-Monee in 2 OT
A day of hoops ultimately became a day of reckoning for Crete-Monee.
Actually, Sandburg made sure the Warriors’ entire experience at Joliet Central’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Hoops event last Monday was more nightmarish than anything else. The Eagles did that by expunging Crete’s seven-point advantage in the fourth quarter and eventually getting the last say in a 75-65 double-overtime final.
The victory was Sandburg’s second in three days, coming on the heels of a defeat of SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue rival Stagg the Saturday before at the United Center.
“It was a tough game to get up for,” Eagles coach Todd Allen said of the matchup with the Warriors. “We were pretty pleased to come away with the win there.”
That success became possible after Alec Martinez’s 3-point basket put Sandburg ahead to stay less than a half-minute into the second extra session. Following that field goal, the Eagles did much of their handiwork from the foul line — they went 16-of-18 at the stripe in the two overtime periods — and managed to keep Crete at arm’s length.