Intense -- and that is putting it mildly.
When the overtime buzzer went off at Prospect's Jean Walker Field House, the Knights were able to escape with a 58-57 win over Rolling Meadows, improving to 15-10 overall and 9-1 in the Mid-Suburban East.
"It was a fabulous high school basketball game," said Mustangs coach Kevin Katovich. "I couldn't be any prouder of our players than I was tonight. I want to see this effort continue on our next few games. We have improved so much."
The contest had 18 lead changes, and Prospect's biggest was 6, at 10-4 and 12-6.
Prospect coach John Camardella was very respectful of the Mustangs' play, and his own team's as well.
"When we play, toss those records out the window," said Camardella. "Meadows came out with energy and they answered all of our runs. We had contributions in some shape or form from everyone who played tonight."
While Max Cahill had only three points they came at key moments. Cahill was in position under the basket to put in a missed shot and give the Knights a 57-55 lead with 2:10 left in overtime. Charlie Metzger (9 points) hit 2 free throws for Rolling Meadows (11-13, 4-6) with 1:33 left to tie the game.
Cahill hit the second of 2 free throws with :56 left which would be the final point.
"Max came up big for us in those situations," said Camardella. "Bobby Frasco scored 24 points had 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in a big game.
"When Bobby hit his two 3-pointers in the overtime, both times it got us leads. He tends to come up big when we need him."
Junior point guard Kyle Beyak had a key play as time was running out in OT. Beyak was able to get his fingertips on a shot taken by the Mustangs' Jack Schoessling's just enough to deflect it away from the basket.
"I started out sluggish," said Beyak who scored 12 points. "In the second half I found a little energy."
"I don't know where we would be with out Kyle," said Frasco. "He's like the perfect point guard for our team and maybe many others. He know when to pass to the open player, and when he shoots it's a high percentage shot. I give a lot of credit to my teammates for getting me the ball in good position."
Senior Matt Dolan stood out for Rolling Meadows, scoring 21 points and pulling down 8 rebounds. Pat Kramp added 11 points.
"I thought both Dolan and Frasco, being the seniors that they are, were outstanding," said Katovich.