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Homewood-Flossmoor's Davon Smith draws a foul from Joliet West's Ryan Modiest Tuesday in Flossmoor. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
All No. 19 Homewood-Flossmoor seemed to need in overtime was a three-pointer from Ricky Bullock, which gave the host Vikings the spark they needed to beat Joliet West 59-58 in a SouthWest Suburban Blue contest Tuesday in Flossmoor.
With the score tied at 50 at the end of regulation, Bullock hit the three to open the overtime period and was fouled. He made the free throw and H-F went up 54-50. They never trailed.
Joliet West’s Morris Dunnigan tried to get the Tigers back in the game with the score 57-54 H-F. With 3.6 seconds to play in overtime, Dunnigan went to the line and made the first of two free throws. Even though Dunnigan made the second free throw, he was called for a lane violation. Joliet trailed 57-55.
“That was a huge spark and Ricky is a program kid, coming through the ranks and its nice to see a kid like that make those shots and help his team win,” H-F coach Jim McLaughlin said.
Dunnigan’s three-pointer at the buzzer accounted for the final.
H-F (14-5, 7-1) remains in first place in the SouthWest Suburban Blue with the victory. Maurius Hill scored 14 for the Vikings and Bullock finished with nine.
Officials stopped the game for about five minutes late in the third quarter, when Joliet West guard Brandon McCullum went down with an apparent head injury. McCullum was going up for a rebound with 53.9 seconds to play in the quarter when he lost his balance, flipped over and landed on his head and neck.
McCullum was moving his feet but was down when the H-F trainer and Joliet West coaches tended to him. McCullum had to be helped off the court and left the game under his own power. He finished with seven points.
“We have no clue on Brandon,” Joliet West coach Luke Yaklich said. “He took a hard fall and he’s a tough kid.”
Dunnigan finished with 26 points for Joliet West (12-6, 5-3) and Ryan Modiest added 10 points.