Bartlett wins wild one over Streamwood in double OT
Maybe it was only a preliminary round game in a Thanksgiving tournament, but Bartlett's 95-93, double-overtime defeat of Streamwood at the Wheaton Academy tourney was worthy of March Madness.
Conrad Luczynski's layup at the buzzer, on an assist from Nicholas Bucaro, was the game-winner for the Hawks (1-2). The 6-foot-10 sophomore finished with an even 30 points on the evening.
Jakobe Strong scored 36 for Streamwood.
The Sabres led by double digits after a wild second quarter that saw them outscore the Hawks 32-22.
Bartlett turned the tables in the third quarter, holding Streamwood to 10 points and pulling even at 63-all on George Betevis' bucket with a minute left in the period.
"Streamwood plays such a crazy style of basketball," said Bartlett coach Jim Wolfsmith. "They're so well coached, they just pressure, they pressure, they pressure. I told my guys, 'They're going to let you back in the game if you just defend their 3-point shot.' They hit eleven 3s in that first half. In that third quarter, we limited them I think to like (10) points as we made the comeback. If you can defend that 3-point stripe, then life is a lot easier for you at the end."
Neither team led by more than 6 points after that, with Luczynski tying the game at the end of regulation and the first overtime.
"I owe it to my team," he said. "They were the ones who gave me all the passes, all the looks. That's how I got the big '30.'"
He also grabbed 12 rebounds.
Bucaro finished with 17 points and 13 boards, Betevis added 16 points and 7 rebounds, and Hayden Angell had 15 points and 6 assists for Bartlett.
Luke Pentecost scored 18 points, all on 3-pointers, for the Sabres, who led by as many as 15 points in the first half. Kyle Maybrun added 13 points, and Larenzo Coney and Zach Marquez chipped in 9 apiece for Streamwood. Coney also pulled down 13 rebounds.
The Sabres' fast-paced style, featuring pressure defense and plenty of 3-point attempts, flummoxed the Hawks at times early. Streamwood still led 60-48 after a Strong 3-pointer midway through the third. But Betevis answered with a 3-pointer of his own, starting a 17-3 run that extended into the early part of the fourth quarter and propelled the Hawks to their first lead since 18-16.
Strong's 3-pointer put Streamwood ahead 92-90. After the teams traded free throws, Bucaro's short shot tied it at 93. A Streamwood turnover led to the Hawks' final possession with less than 10 seconds left. They worked it upcourt quickly, Bucaro found Luczynski under the basket, and he laid it in at the buzzer.