Friday, Dec. 31, 2010
By Patrick Z. McGavin
David Sobolewski saw the crease.
I had a ball screen, I waited for the defender to drop down to guard Frank Kaminsky and made my move, the Benet senior guard said.
His layup with just under two minutes was the only basket of overtime as the No. 3 Redwings overcame a nine-point first-half deficit and beat No. 7 Homewood-Flossmoor 54-50 to capture the Proviso West Holiday Tournament championship Thursday night.
It was a war out there, said Sobolewski, the Northwestern-bound guard who scored a game-high 19 points and was named the tournament MVP.
Kaminsky, the 7-foot Wisconsin recruit playing with a nagging ankle injury, made the defensive play of the night.
Kaminsky (12 points, nine rebounds) made the other critical play of the game. With the Vikings down 52-50 after Matt Parisi (nine points) made one of two free throws with less than 15 seconds remaining, Homewood-Flossmoors Tyrone Sherman (11 points, five assists) drove to the basket and appeared to have a clear path to a layup.
Kaminsky rose and made a textbook block. Parisi collected the loose ball and was fouled. His two free throws with 11.2 seconds closed out the scoring.
Behind the early hot hand of David Fatoki (10 points, two three-pointers), the Vikings led by nine on two separate occasions in the second quarter. Receiving key contributions from sophomore Pat McInerney (seven points) and Pat Boyle (seven points), the Redwings opened the third quarter with a 13-5 run to establish their first lead since 6-5.
The two keys of the game were Frank playing, when we didnt even know if he was going to be able to go after he had treatment on his ankle, and the play of Pat Boyle, Benet coach Gene Heidkamp said.
His ball-handling against their pressure and what he did defensively, within the scheme of what we do, individually against a great player like Julian Lewis was tremendous.
H-F star forward Julian Lewis, coming off back-to-back games of 31 and 28 points, was hurt by foul trouble and scored just four points. His only basket, a three-pointer, gave the Vikings a 40-36 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Kaminsky opened the fourth quarter with five straight points, his three-pointer marking the first of four lead changes. Defensively, H-F really hurt us in the first half, Heidkamp said.
Theyre a great team, with five guys on the floor that can score at any time. They hurt on us in the inside and got a lot of easy baskets in the first half. We really had to step it up defensively in the second half.
Antonio Bishop scored 13 points to lead the Vikings. Delvon Rencher added eight points.