Huskies act like they’ve been there before
Carol Stream, 03/01/13--Oak Park River Forest's Jason Gant scores on a fast-break layup as Schaumburg's Kyle Bolger trails. Oak Park River Forest High School played Schaumburg High School in a Class 4A regional final boys basketball game Friday evening. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Hosts Hinsdale Central, 4:30 p.m.
At Class 4A Schaumburg Sectional Final, 7:30 p.m.
At Hinsdale Central Supersectional, 8 p.m.
Hosts Fenwick, 5:30 p.m.
At New Trier (Northfield), 6:30 p.m.
Hosts Naperville Central, 5 p.m.
At York Invite, 5 p.m.
BOYS WATER POLO
At Waubonsie Valley, 6 p.m.
At Stagg Invite, 5 p.m.
At Stagg Invite, 8:30 a.m.
At York, 6 p.m.
At Fenwick Invite, 4 p.m.
GIRLS WATER POLO
Hosts (East) Waubonsie Valley, 6 p.m.
At Northside Prep Invite, TBD
At York, 6 p.m.
At Lyons Twp. South, 6 p.m.
At Stevenson, 6 p.m.
Updated: April 8, 2013 6:52AM
CAROL STREAM — Over the course of a long season, Oak Park-River Forest coach Matt Maloney tries to prepare his team for every possible game-ending situation.
The Huskies repeatedly practice overtimes and game-winning shots.
The training came in handy for OPRF’s 32-30 overtime victory against Schaumburg Friday night in the Class 4A Glenbard North Regional final.
The contest went into OT when the Saxons (19-10) missed a possible game-clinching shot to end regulation.
The Huskies (19-9) then allowed only one basket in overtime when Kyle Bolger made a full-court layup with 4:15 remaining for the final points of the game.
“We prepared (for this),” OPRF senior guard Jakari Cammon said. “None of us were worried in timeouts. We were calm. We knew what to do. Everyone was prepared.”
The Huskies won back-to-back regional titles for the first time since Maloney was an OPRF guard in 1991-92.
Third-seeded OPRF was scheduled to play second-seeded York (21-7) in the Schaumburg Sectional semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The West Suburban Silver rivals split their season series, with York winning 63-52 on Jan. 18 in Oak Park and the Huskies prevailing 47-41 Feb. 15 in Elmhurst. Leading scorer Erick Locke led the Huskies each time with 15 points in the first game and 19 in the second.
Locke made a key defensive stop with less than 12 seconds remaining when he tipped the ball away on a pass into the lane and senior Alex Gustafson came up with the loose ball.
“This was where we wanted to be,” Maloney said. “They were calm and collected.”
Gustafson missed a pair of free throws with 3.6 seconds remaining, but a half-court shot by Schaumburg’s Bolger bounced high off the backboard as the final buzzer sounded. The overtime featured four timeouts by both teams as the Saxons missed their first three shots from the floor to begin the extra period.
“We practice all different scenarios three to four times a week,” Maloney said. “(We practice) overtime and different things. When they get in that situation, they have been there before.”