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Kurt Hall's late heroics save day for North Chicago

12/21/2013, 10:53pm CST
By P.J. Bonato

North Chicago's Kurt Hall hit five-of-seven free throws in the final 57 seconds of overtime to clinch the 90-89 win over Providence-St. Mel.


#22 Kurt Hall and #1 Arnold Shead of North Chicago defend #10 Kalind Nash of Providence St. Mel. | Joe Shuman/For Sun-Times Media

THE SKINNY

Down 89-85 in overtime, North Chicago's Kurt Hall hit five-of-seven free throws in the final 57 seconds, and Providence-St. Mel's (7-3 record) final three possessions ended with two missed free throws and two turnovers, as the host Warhawks (7-1) rallied to win.

THE TURNING POINT

With 4.7 seconds on the clock, Hall hit the second of two free throws to tie it at 89-89. St. Mel inbounded the ball but Michael Johnson fell and traveled. Hall then drove to the bucket and was fouled with no time on the clock. He hit the first of his two free throws to win it.

THE STAR

Hall picked up his fourth foul with 2:53 to go in the third quarter. He was 9-of-15 shooting and finished with 29 points and 7 rebounds.

BY THE NUMBERS

For North Chicago, JayQuan McCloud had 24 points and Jay Amos-Mays 21. For St. Mel, Tevin King had 30 points, Bernard Lilly 20 and Joshuan McNeal 16. There were 60 total fouls in the game. The Hawks were 32-of-45 from the line and St. Mel was 20-of-31.

QUOTABLE

"I'm very pleased with the way the kids handled themselves. We never panicked and were able to finish off the game." Warhawks coach King Coleman

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