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Young’s Jahlil Okafor was in the midst of a dominating performance Saturday. He had 22 points on an array of dazzling post moves, through double and triple teams.
Then he stopped getting the ball, and everything fell apart.
Okafor didn’t get a touch for the final 5:37 of the game, leading to a three-minute Dolphins scoring drought. That turned a four-point Young lead into a tie game and set up some heroics.
St. John Bosco’s Daniel Hamilton drained a three-pointer at the buzzer — a difficult, heavily defended shot — to give the Braves a 62-59 win over No. 1 Young in the final game of the Chicago Elite Classic at UIC.
“We are taking jump shots while the most dominant post player in the country stands on the block,” Young coach Tyrone Slaughter said. “That’s why there was a three-minute scoring drought.”
Okafor finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds. He shot 10-for-13 from the field. Miles Reynolds played one of the best games of his career, scoring 25 points.
“I had a big game but in the end it doesn’t matter because we lost,” Reynolds said. “It’s not over by any means though. We are keeping in good spirits. Our heads are held high.”
Hamilton has a knack for game-winners. He’s made four buzzer-beating, game-winning shots in the past two years.
“I love it,” Hamilton said. “I wait for that moment, it’s what I live for.”
Vance Jackson led St. John Bosco (3-2) with 19 points and Hamilton finished with 17.
“That’s exactly how we drew this one up,” St. John Bosco coach Derrick Taylor said. “Come to Chicago and beat Whitney Young on a buzzer beater. Seriously, we knew Hamilton could do the job. We are supremely confident in him.”