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Greg McClain adds two for Thornton Fractional North. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media
There was very little that was well-executed or graceful in T.F. North’s 51-48 double-overtime win against Bogan Sunday at the Cyrus McGinnis Jump Ball Showcase at Notre Dame in Niles.
The teams combined for 45 turnovers, showing a lot of early season rust. In the end, it was the gritty interior play of Meteors senior Nick Woods that proved to be the difference.
“After the end of the first overtime I knew we had to man up,” Woods said. “It was a dogfight. That’s what we do all our conditioning for. We aren’t going to be able to blow everyone out, there are going to be some close ones.”
Woods battled in the post for a hard-fought 40 minutes, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds. He scored seven in the two overtime periods, including the decisive post basket with 1:35 to play in the second overtime. He made one of two free throws with seven seconds left to seal the win.
“To tell you the truth, when I saw the Sun-Times’ Top 50 players I was disappointed to see that Woods wasn’t on there,” T.F. North coach Tim Bankston said. “He’s a very good player, we expect 24 and 12 from him every night.”
The Bengals (2-3) had a chance to tie at the end of the second overtime, but Brandon Berry’s three at the buzzer rimmed out.
Sophomore Luwane Pipkins led Bogan with 18 points, but fouled out in regulation.
“He’s a good player and made some big shots,” Woods said. “So yeah, it probably helped us that he wasn’t out there at the end.”
Berry and senior Juwan Henry each added 12 points for the Bengals, who had only eight players in uniform.
Junior Quawone Harris scored 23 for the Meteors (2-0). DJ Deere (six points, four rebounds) had shots to win the game at the end of regulation and the first overtime, but missed both.
“I passed up the shot at the end of the first overtime and that might have been a mistake,” Woods said. “But I trust my teammates and we all try to look for the open guy.”