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Orr coach Lew Adams felt ill on the bus ride to his team’s game in the Indy Legacy Indiana vs. Illinois Showcase.
The officiating on Saturday didn’t make him feel much better when he was ejected in the second half.
In the end, Adams felt pretty good after the Spartans rallied for a 58-55 overtime win over Warren Central. The Warriors, ranked third in Indiana’s largest class, led by 10 points from late in the first quarter until Adams’ ejection late in the third quarter.
Adams picked up his first technical in the first half when Warren Central scored 13 of its 29 first-half points on free throws. His second technical came without much animation, and was for standing up, not allowed once the first technical was given.
He ended up watching the remainder of the game through a small window on a door to a hospitality room sitting 25 feet behind the baseline.
On occasion, he would peek his head out to yell words of encouragement or at one point to get his assistant coach’s attention to call a timeout.
“They were calling a lot of chippy fouls on the kids,” Adams said.”We were aggressive tonight and I don’t know if they play like this in this part of town, but that’s how we play basketball, as a hard-nosed basketball team.”
Orr standout Louis Adams led the Spartans’ rally, scoring a game-high 30 points, seven of which came in overtime.
“He was sick on the trip here so this was big because we wanted to win for coach,” the younger Adams said. “We had to do what we had to do to make him happy and we didn’t want to go back to Chicago with the wrong attitude.”
He split three defenders to score a finger-roll layup with one second remaining, getting fouled in the process and making the ensuing free throw.
Adams twice tied the game in the final minute of regulation, hitting a three-pointer with 45 seconds remaining, and later making 1 of 2 free throws with 26 seconds left.
“He was big for us tonight and he can score the ball for us,” coach Adams said of his son.
After Adams was ejected, Orr (5-1) went on a 14-5 run to take a brief 41-40 lead, using its full-court pressure to force five turnovers in the span. Warren Central answered with a 6-0 run.
Orr’s Jamal McDowell scored 10 points for the Spartans, while Warren Central’s Devin Davis, an Indiana University signee, led his team with 18 points.