Cary-Grove wins double OT classic over Huntley

  • Cary-Grove's Beau Frericks celebrates after a 3-point shot in the third quarter of the Trojans' 49-46 win in double overtime over Huntley Tuesday in the Class 4A McHenry sectional semifinal.

    Cary-Grove's Beau Frericks celebrates after a 3-point shot in the third quarter of the Trojans' 49-46 win in double overtime over Huntley Tuesday in the Class 4A McHenry sectional semifinal. Daryl Quitalig / for Shaw Media Illinois

  • Cary-Grove guard Beau Frericks (2) layups the ball past Huntley guard/forward Uchenna Egekeze (32) in the fourth quarter of an IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Cary-Grove won in double overtime, 49-46.

    Cary-Grove guard Beau Frericks (2) layups the ball past Huntley guard/forward Uchenna Egekeze (32) in the fourth quarter of an IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Cary-Grove won in double overtime, 49-46. Daryl Quitalig / for Shaw Media Illinois

  • Frank Jakubicek dunks for Cary-Grove in the fourth quarter.

    Frank Jakubicek dunks for Cary-Grove in the fourth quarter. Daryl Quitalig / for Shaw Media Illinois

  • Cary-Grove students celebrate after a Frank Jakubicek (33) dunk in the fourth quarter of an IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Cary-Grove won in double overtime, 49-46.

    Cary-Grove students celebrate after a Frank Jakubicek (33) dunk in the fourth quarter of an IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Cary-Grove won in double overtime, 49-46. Daryl Quitalig / for Shaw Media Illinois

  • Cary-Grove forward/center Frank Jakubicek (33) blocks a shot attempt by Huntley guard/forward Uchenna Egekeze (32) in the third quarter of an IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Cary-Grove won in double overtime, 49-46.

    Cary-Grove forward/center Frank Jakubicek (33) blocks a shot attempt by Huntley guard/forward Uchenna Egekeze (32) in the third quarter of an IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Cary-Grove won in double overtime, 49-46. Daryl Quitalig / for Shaw Media Illinois

  • Cary-Grove guard Clark Cunningham (4) battles Huntley guard Ryan Vrugt (3) for a rebound in the first overtime of an IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Cary-Grove won in double overtime, 49-46.

    Cary-Grove guard Clark Cunningham (4) battles Huntley guard Ryan Vrugt (3) for a rebound in the first overtime of an IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Cary-Grove won in double overtime, 49-46. Daryl Quitalig / for Shaw Media Illinois

  • Huntley guard/forward Uchenna Egekeze (32) looks for a layup in the second quarter of an IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Huntley lost in double overtime, 49-46.

    Huntley guard/forward Uchenna Egekeze (32) looks for a layup in the second quarter of an IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Huntley lost in double overtime, 49-46. Daryl Quitalig / for Shaw Media Illinois

  • Huntley guard Ryan Vrugt (3) shoots the ball over Cary-Grove guard Mike Clarke (1) in the third quarter of an IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Huntley lost in double overtime, 49-46.

    Huntley guard Ryan Vrugt (3) shoots the ball over Cary-Grove guard Mike Clarke (1) in the third quarter of an IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Huntley lost in double overtime, 49-46. Daryl Quitalig / for Shaw Media Illinois

  • Lukas Hamann, junior, celebrates with Cary-Grove guard Beau Frericks (2) after Cary-Grove defeated Huntley in double overtime of an IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Cary-Grove won in double overtime, 49-46.

    Lukas Hamann, junior, celebrates with Cary-Grove guard Beau Frericks (2) after Cary-Grove defeated Huntley in double overtime of an IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Cary-Grove won in double overtime, 49-46. Daryl Quitalig / for Shaw Media Illinois

  • Cary-Grove guard Beau Frericks (2) smiles as he celebrates in a swarm of students after an IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game against Huntley at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Cary-Grove won in double overtime, 49-46.

    Cary-Grove guard Beau Frericks (2) smiles as he celebrates in a swarm of students after an IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game against Huntley at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Cary-Grove won in double overtime, 49-46. Daryl Quitalig / for Shaw Media Illinois

  • Huntley guard Ryan Crosby (23) is consoled by teammates after losing a double overtime IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game against Cary-Grove at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Huntley lost in double overtime, 49-46.

    Huntley guard Ryan Crosby (23) is consoled by teammates after losing a double overtime IHSA Class 4A McHenry Sectional semifinal game against Cary-Grove at McHenry High School on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in McHenry, Ill. Huntley lost in double overtime, 49-46. Daryl Quitalig / for Shaw Media Illinois

 
 
Updated 3/10/2020 10:45 PM

Cary-Grove's Frank Jakubicek ended Huntley's final possession in regulation and the first overtime by swatting Huntley's last-second shot attempts away.

Then, in the second overtime, trailing by two, the Red Raiders could not get a shot off and wound up turning the ball over.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"That was just heart at that point," said Jakubicek, the Trojans' 6-foot-8 forward. "It's double-overtime and we're all gassed, they were gassed, it was just who wanted it more at that point. We were trying to dig deeper and get stops."

Those stops were the difference in a back-and-forth game between the Fox Valley Conference's two best teams, as C-G eked out a 49-46 victory over Huntley in the Class 4A McHenry sectional semifinal Tuesday.

C-G (31-3) advances to Friday's 7 p.m. championship against the winner of Wednesday's semifinal between St. Charles North (22-8) and Hononegah (12-19).

Over the last 9 minutes of the game, C-G allowed one basket.

"It's about kids competing," Trojans coach Adam McCloud said. "We have kids who believe in each other and they found a way. It's never easy with (Huntley). I'm just happy for our community. That was the most electric atmosphere I've ever been in as a coach."

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Huntley (27-6) held the ball for the last minute of regulation, but Jakubicek blocked Ryan Sroka's 3-point attempt as time expired. The Raiders again held for a last shot in the first overtime, and this time Jakubicek blocked Uchenna Egekeze's shot, grabbed the ball, dribbled and lofted a shot from just past half-court that banked and hit the rim.

C-G's Beau Frericks opened the second overtime with a 3-point play, and the Trojans played with the lead the rest of the way. Huntley had the ball for most of the last 1:13, but C-G's defense was too tough.

"Our guys fought and fought," Raiders coach Will Benson said. "Beau and Frank are really good, but their half-court defense is really good, that's the most underrated part of their game. We had a couple chances to win and they played good defense. We couldn't capitalize."

Frericks came up with the last steal and was fouled with 4.2 seconds remaining and a 48-46 lead. With the area's leading free-throw shooter (88.9%) at the line, Trojans' fans began the celebration.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"That felt awesome," Frericks said. "I have to give all the credit to Mikey Clarke there. He was playing the best defense of his life there. He was the X-factor in this game. He got on the floor, he got stops. He freed me up to get that ball."

Frericks made the first shot and Huntley called timeout. Frericks missed the second and Egekeze rebounded and launched a potential tying shot from mid-court that was off.

"It was awesome," said Jakubicek, who scored 17 points, had 10 rebounds and two alley-oop dunks. "We had great fan support, Huntley had great fan support, it was very loud in the gym. This is what you dream of as a little kid. I'm glad I got to be a part of it."

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