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Glenbard East's Brandon Havenga goes to the basket against Rockford Lutheran during the Eagle Club Shootout at Benedictine University. Stacia Timonere~For Sun-Times Media
Jaron Hall scored 20 points, but Glenbard East coughed up leads late in regulation and overtime and lost to Rockford Lutheran 73-70 on Sunday at the Benedictine Eagle Club Shootout.
Hall tallied 11 points in the third quarter to rally the Rams (6-2) from a seven-point deficit and East overcame a similar deficit late in the fourth quarter. It was in position to win when Hall, a junior guard, made both ends of a one-and-one with 5.2 seconds left to give his team a 64-63 lead.
But the Rams fouled Rockford East’s Tarence Roby on the baseline with :00.8 to go and Roby split a pair of foul shots to send the game into overtime.
Glenbard East coach Scott Miller said the Crusaders (6-2), who finished third in the state in Class 2A last season, deserved to win.
“They played harder for longer period of times,” Miller said. “I just felt like we had too many mental lapses at the defensive end where we allowed things that we hadn’t done in the past.
“We had the situation where we were up two with five seconds to go and I told them not to foul and we ended up fouling, so we’ll learn from it and we’ll get better.”
The Rams twice took the lead in overtime and went up 70-66 with 2:10 to go after back-to-back baskets by Tahron Harvey, only to see Rockford Lutheran scored the final seven points of the game.
Harvey nearly extended the game but watched his three-point try roll out at the buzzer.
“It was a tough loss,” Hall said. “It was just off from the beginning. They wanted it more than us.”
Marvin Grant-Clark had 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Rams, while Harvey finished with 11 points, four assists, four steals and four boards.
Thomas Kopelman sank five three-pointers and scored 29 points on 10-for-16 shooting to lead Rockford, which shot 27-for-48 from the floor.