Glenbard West's Phillips comes through in clutch vs. Naperville Central

  • Glenbard West's Diallo Phillips shoots against Naperville Central defenders Chris Conway, right, and Neil Gupta during Tuesday's game in Naperville.

      Glenbard West's Diallo Phillips shoots against Naperville Central defenders Chris Conway, right, and Neil Gupta during Tuesday's game in Naperville. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard West boys basketball coach Jason Opka leads his team during Tuesday's game at Naperville Central.

      Glenbard West boys basketball coach Jason Opka leads his team during Tuesday's game at Naperville Central. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central boys basketball coach Pete Kramer watches his team from the sideline during Tuesday's home game in against Glenbard West.

      Naperville Central boys basketball coach Pete Kramer watches his team from the sideline during Tuesday's home game in against Glenbard West. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard West point guard Diallo Phillips, left, makes his way past Naperville Central defender Aidan Kramer during Tuesday's game in Naperville.

      Glenbard West point guard Diallo Phillips, left, makes his way past Naperville Central defender Aidan Kramer during Tuesday's game in Naperville. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central's Cameron Dougherty, right, hits a shot in front of Glenbard West's Caden Pierce during Tuesday's game in Naperville.

      Naperville Central's Cameron Dougherty, right, hits a shot in front of Glenbard West's Caden Pierce during Tuesday's game in Naperville. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central's Chris Conway, left, gets fouled by Glenbard West's Aidan Murphy during Tuesday's game in Naperville.

      Naperville Central's Chris Conway, left, gets fouled by Glenbard West's Aidan Murphy during Tuesday's game in Naperville. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central's Kyle Baskin hits the floor after getting fouled during Tuesday's game against Glenbard West.

      Naperville Central's Kyle Baskin hits the floor after getting fouled during Tuesday's game against Glenbard West. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central's Aidan Kramer makes a move past Glenbard West defender Paxton Warden during Tuesday's game in Naperville.

      Naperville Central's Aidan Kramer makes a move past Glenbard West defender Paxton Warden during Tuesday's game in Naperville. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard West's Paxton Warden is unable to squeeze between Naperville Central's Matthew Murphy, left, and Cameron Dougherty during Tuesday's game in Naperville.

      Glenbard West's Paxton Warden is unable to squeeze between Naperville Central's Matthew Murphy, left, and Cameron Dougherty during Tuesday's game in Naperville. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Glenbard West's Diallo Phillips drives to the basket for a layup during Tuesday's game at Naperville Central.

      Glenbard West's Diallo Phillips drives to the basket for a layup during Tuesday's game at Naperville Central. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central's Chris Conway tries to keep the ball inbounds during Tuesday's home game against Glenbard West.

      Naperville Central's Chris Conway tries to keep the ball inbounds during Tuesday's home game against Glenbard West. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central players including Chris Conway, middle, get ready to play prior to Tuesday's home game against Glenbard West.

      Naperville Central players including Chris Conway, middle, get ready to play prior to Tuesday's home game against Glenbard West. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Central's Cameron Dougherty, right, comes down with a rebound in front of Glenbard West's Aidan Murphy during Tuesday's game in Naperville.

      Naperville Central's Cameron Dougherty, right, comes down with a rebound in front of Glenbard West's Aidan Murphy during Tuesday's game in Naperville. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 1/28/2020 9:29 PM

Like a true senior leader in the clutch, Diallo Phillips wanted the ball in his hands.

And it gets no more clutch than this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Phillips calmly swished a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds left in overtime to rally Glenbard West's boys basketball team to Tuesday's 50-49 nonconference road victory over Naperville Central.

The Hilltoppers (14-5) trailed 49-46 with less than a minute to play when Phillips bulled his way for a layup to make it a 1-point game. After Naperville Central (15-6) missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 6.1 seconds left, Phillips again drove to the basket and drew a foul.

After he sank both free throws the Redhawks were unable to get off a final shot.

"We've been in a lot of late-game situations and we just wanted to put together a nice win," Phillips said. "It was really important for us as a team. We really needed to stay together and keep our nerves under control. If we kept our emotions right, I knew we could get the win."

There were nine lead changes and six ties before Glenbard West opened a 37-28 lead with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Redhawks senior Cam Dougherty, however, scored his team's final 12 points of regulation including a 3-pointer in the waning seconds to send the game to overtime knotted at 43.

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Glenbard West's Anas Alzamli, left, passes on a play defended by Naperville Central's Neil Gupta during Tuesday's game in Naperville.
  Glenbard West's Anas Alzamli, left, passes on a play defended by Naperville Central's Neil Gupta during Tuesday's game in Naperville. - Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

The Redhawks extended the momentum into overtime when Chris Conway scored and Kyle Baskin hit a pair of free throws, but Glenbard West sophomore Caden Pierce kept the Hilltoppers close with a 3-pointer. After Michael Wood scored for the Redhawks, Phillips took over.

"In games like this you've got to make big shots," said Naperville Central coach Pete Kramer. "We did about everything we could. We had our breaks and our chances. The effort and execution was great."

Dougherty led all scorers with 20 points while Conway added 15. Phillips scored 13 in a balanced effort for the Hilltoppers that included 9 points from Paxton Warden and 8 points from Pierce.

"We fought through adversity in overtime, and Diallo put us on his shoulders," said Hilltoppers coach Jason Opoka, whose team had lost four of its previous five games. "We didn't put our heads down. We didn't feel sorry for ourselves. We continued to battle and tried to steady the course."

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