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Milik Yarbrough (left) shoots one over Stevenson's Matthew Morrissey during their boys basketball game at Zion. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media
Dorsey Cadette knocked down a wide-open three-point shot with seven seconds left to cap a furious fourth-quarter comeback as host Zion-Benton stunned previously unbeaten Stevenson 56-55 on Friday.
The win in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division opener for both teams gives Z-B a 5-1 record heading into Tuesday’s home game against Libertyville.
Stevenson (4-1) is at Warren on Tuesday.
Cadette was alone because Stevenson’s defense collapsed around star Milik Yarbrough (17 points), who drove into the lane, and then found his Teammate open on the wing.
Stevenson shot for the win at the buzzer, but sophomore guard Jalen Brunson (19 points) had his driving shot roll off the rim.
“Milik attacked and kicked it out, and I was there to hit the game-winner,” said Cadette, who was 3-of-5 from behind the arc on the night.
“It (5-1) is a great start,” he added. “I think we’ve learned that when we mess up, we have to keep our heads in there and keep working hard.”
Stevenson led 44-37 after three quarters and was up 49-42 with 5:01 to play.
Then, Yarbrough scored on a putback and Trenton Curry scored on a layin to make it 49-46.
After Connor Cashaw made two free throws for Stevenson, Cadette nailed a three-pointer to make it 51-49.
From there, the score went to 53-49, 53-52 on a three-ball by Yarbrough, and finally tied at 53-53 on a free throw by Chris Moragne with 39 seconds left.
Cashaw (18 points) hit two free-throws with 25 seconds left, and Zion then hit the game-winner.
“With the way we struggled in the division last year, to start the season with a win over against an outstanding Stevenson team should be important for our confidence,” said Z-B coach Don Kloth. “Stevenson played well, but we sort of hung around.
“We had a nice third quarter from the players who came off the bench to keep us close, and the starters came back in the final quarter and played well.”