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Morton's Weisner Perez (23) passes the ball during the Mustang's game against Schaumburg on Saturday, January 12, 2012, in Chicago. | Chandler West~For Sun-Times Media
Morton’s Greg Carter has plenty of confidence in his long-range ability.
So when Schaumburg’s Kyle Bolger gave Carter a wide-open shot four feet beyond the arc on the right wing, the junior guard didn’t hesitate to take the shot.
It was a risky proposition with the Mustangs down two points late in the game. But Carter drained the three with 1:38 remaining to give Morton a lead it would never relinquish in a 61-55 nonconference home win on Saturday night.
“He gave me so much space and I knew I could hit it,” Carter said. “I hit them all the time from out there. It felt a little short when I let go but I got the bounce.”
Carter was huge in the fourth quarter scoring 11 of his team-high 16 points in the period.
The Mustangs (10-4) still had work to do after Carter’s big shot. Jarvis Cannon (13 points) gave Morton a little breathing room after a bucket with 1:15 to play pushed the lead to 54-51.
Jimmy Lundquist (17 points) knocked down a pair of free throws for Schaumburg (9-8) with 1:11 to play to cut the lead to 54-53 but Morton’s Weisner Perez (15 points) answered with a clutch bucket with 42.1 remaining.
The Mustangs sunk five of six free throws in the final thirty seconds to secure the win.
“We’ve had trouble finishing this year” said Saxons senior Cole Reyes, who finished with 14 points. “We’re getting better but there’s still room for improvement.”
Morton was on the verge of blowing Schaumburg out early on. Bolger scored the first basket of the game but the Saxons (9-8) didn’t score the rest of the quarter and trailed 16-2 heading into the second. Schaumburg slowly chipped away at the deficit and managed to regain the lead by scoring the first seven points of the fourth quarter for a 42-39 advantage.
“In the first quarter we came out with a lot of intensity,” Perez said. “Then they would hold the ball for a long time and try to catch us sleeping. They got us a couple times.”
Rodrigo Nava added 11 points for the Mustangs.