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With Plainfield North leading 65-63 and time ticking away, senior guard Kendall Interial had a feeling the ball would wind up in the hands of Plainfield South sharpshooter Alonzo Garrett. So he applied his stickiest defense.
“I know how he plays,” Interial said. “He extended his arm, gave me a little shove, and when I heard the whistle, I knew they were calling it (offensive foul) against him.”
Interial thus drew his third key charge of the night with five seconds left Tuesday and Trevor Stumpe, who had hit the tiebreaking jumper with 1:01 remaining, made one free throw with :03.5 left as North escaped Southwest Prairie foe South 66-63.
“Drawing charges is part of all of our games,” Interial said. “When you take charges, it’s usually a big momentum turn. Tonight it happened to be on the final play.”
Garrett finished with 20 points for South (4-11, 1-3), which led 54-46 after three quarters, only to see North (5-9, 3-1) go on an 11-0 run to open the fourth quarter. From that point, it was a battle.
“We stress family, and families pick each other up,” North coach Nick DiForti said. “Marcus [Fair] missed his free throws [two each in the final minute of regulation and overtime]. What we did for him is get the next two stops. Had we lost, we would be hanging our heads about the free throws and the offensive rebounds we gave up the first three quarters.”
Center Corey Evak led the Tigers with 17 points and eight rebounds. Fair had 14 points and Stumpe 11, all but two in the second half and overtime.
“As a team we’ve been a little inconsistent with the little things,” DiForti said. “This was one of our best team wins.”
South coach Tim Boe saw good as well.
“Fair came right out in the second half and hit a three, but I liked the way we responded,” he said. “We lost the game before the last couple possessions, though. Even though we were up 36-28 at half, they had 18 of their 28 points on layups. That obviously was their game plan to take it at Miles (6-4 junior Miles Snowden), and he did foul out, but our guys responded.”
Snowden finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Cougars senior James Hill scored 13 off the bench.
“I liked the way James came in and played,” Boe said. “He had good shot selection.”