Boys basketball: Joliet West falls to H-F in overtime
By Tina Akouris email@example.com January 29, 2013 11:30PM
Joliet West's Brandon McCullum pressures Homewood-Flossmoor's Ricky Bullock. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 2, 2013 7:36AM
All Homewood-Flossmoor needed in overtime was a three-pointer from Ricky Bullock.
The host Vikings got it, helping them defeat Joliet West 59-58 in a SouthWest Suburban Blue contest Tuesday night in Flossmoor.
With the score tied at 50 at the end of regulation, Bullock hit the three to open the overtime period and was fouled. He made the free throw and H-F went up 54-50. They never trailed.
“That was a huge spark. Ricky is a program kid, coming through the ranks, and its nice to see a kid like that make those shots and help his team win,” H-F coach Jim McLaughlin said.
West’s Morris Dunnigan tried to get the Tigers back in the game. With the Tigers trailing 57-54 with 3.6 seconds to play in overtime, Dunnigan went to the line and made the first of two free throws. Even though Dunnigan made the second free throw, he was called for a lane violation, leaving West down 57-55.
Rahsaan Surles made two free throws with 2.5 seconds for H-F before Dunnigan’s three-pointer at the buzzer accounted for the final.
H-F (14-5, 7-1) remains in first place in the SouthWest Suburban Blue with the victory. Maurius Hill scored 14 for H-F and Bullock finished with nine.
Officials stopped the game for about five minutes late in the third quarter when West guard Brandon McCullum went down with an apparent head injury. McCullum was going up for a rebound with 53.9 seconds to play, lost his balance, flipped over and landed on his head and neck.
McCullum had to be helped off the court.
“We have no clue on Brandon,” West coach Luke Yaklich said. “He took a hard fall and he’s a tough kid.”
Dunnigan finished with 26 points for Joliet West (12-6, 5-3) and Ryan Modiest added 10 points.