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It seems that all the talk surrounding city powers this season has focused on Simeon, Young and Morgan Park. Meanwhile, Orr coach Louis Adams has been asking “What about us?” Adams won’t have to ask that question again as No. 10 Orr upset No. 3 Young 50-47 in a buzzer-beating thriller on the road Friday to capture the Red-West crown.
With the game knotted at 47-47, point guard Jamal McDowell drained a three-pointer from the top of the key as time expired to lift the Spartans (18-2, 7-0) to victory.
“We came in their house and did what we had to do,” McDowell said. “It was their size against our quickness. We just knew that we had to leave it all on the floor and that’s what we did.”
Adams praised his senior point guard for his leadership and willingness to take the big shot.
“We wanted the ball in our senior’s hands,” Adam said. “He is a born leader and I trust him to make the right decision at the right time.”
The Spartans let the Dolphins (18-3, 8-1) know right from the get-go that it was going to be a battle. On Young’s first possession Louis Adams Jr. made a steal at midcourt, drove the floor and jammed with serious force. On the next play after a Young turnover, Adams hit a shot from the corner. Tyquone Greer then drained a three-pointer to end the first quarter with Orr leading 16-15.
The Spartans held a one-point lead at halftime at 28-27, and the game was knotted at 37-37 at the end of the third quarter.
Robert Brettner gave the Dolphins, who played without 6-9 forward Paul White (leg), a 44-41 lead with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but Orr quickly bounced back.
Greer drove the lane for a dunk, Demetrius Dortch sank two free throws, and Greer and Brandon Clemons hit a free throw apiece as Orr built a 47-45 lead with 52 seconds remaining. The final tie came with 42 seconds to play after Young junior Jahlil Okafor made a layup and was fouled. Okafor failed to convert the three-point play, setting up McDowell’s heroics.
“I am really happy for the kids,” Adams said. “They worked hard for it and they deserve it.”
Greer was the only player from Orr in double figures with 16 points. McDowell and Borsch scored eight apiece, and McDowell also registered eight assists and five steals.
Okafor led all scorers with 22 points, and Miles Reynolds added 13.