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He only needed to make one.
To his credit, Edward Morrow refused to let his personal disappointment linger.
After missing two free throws with one second to play in regulation, Morrow took control in overtime by scoring seven of his career high-tying 31 points as visiting No. 13 Simeon earned a 76-72 victory over No. 6 Bogan on Thursday.
Morrow added 12 rebounds and two blocked shots as Simeon (15-4, 7-2 Red-South) overcame 20 missed free throws and a season-high 26 turnovers to avenge the Bengals’ 59-51 victory at Simeon two weeks ago.
Morrow converted a three-point play with 15 seconds remaining for the game’s final lead change, putting the Wolverines up 74-72. “The first shot got blocked, and I knew I had to continue to make a play toward the basket.” he said.
He also converted the important free throw after effectively putting the missed free throws out of his mind. “If I let that get to me, we wouldn’t have won the the game,” he said.
Morrow’s play marked the final swing in a game filled with radical momentum shifts. After trailing by as many as seven points in the third quarter, Bogan (20-3, 7-1) appeared to snare the improbable victory.
Bogan’s Luwane Pipkins, stymied early on by Simeon’s box-and-one defense, scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter. He drilled back to back three-pointers that seemingly put the game away.
His three-pointer from the left baseline with 1:18 to play in regulation put the Bengals up 64-58.
Turnovers and two crucial missed free throws enabled Simeon to knot the score at 64-64 with 13 seconds to play. Out of a time out, Bogan had a shot bound off the rim and Morrow came away with the rebound for an apparent breakaway before he was fouled with one second remaining.
Morrow redeemed himself by throwing down a dunk and scoring the two putbacks in overtime.
He also played stellar defense against Bogan’s 6-7 junior Antonio Thomas, the Bengals’ second-leading scorer, in limiting him to just four points.
James Jones scored 15 points to support Pipkins. He found Bryce Barnes (11 points) for a layup to give Bogan a 70-67 lead in overtime. Morrow and Josh Thomas recorded consecutive offensive rebound baskets.
Pipkins converted two free throws with 39 seconds in overtime for the Bengals’ final lead at 72-71. After Morrow’s three-point play, Bogan turned the ball over on the ensuing possession. Simeon sophomore guard Zach Norvell (nine points) put the game out of reach by making two free throws with four seconds remaining.
Donte Ingram contributed 16 points for the Wolverines.
“We just let that game get away,” Bogan coach Arthur Goodwin said. “This was our first home game of the year, it’s a smaller gym and I knew we’d come out tight.
“We made too many mental mistakes, the missed free throws and the turnovers, at the end, and you can’t do that. They couldn’t really stop Luwane, but we needed a Robin to go with his Batman, and we didn’t get that today.
“We needed the balance.”
Bogan has remaining home games against Harlan on Friday and Vocational on Monday. The Bengals win the conference title outright by winning out.