ALGONQUIN – Jacobs forward Will Schwerdtmann desperately wanted to take a 3-point shot as the seconds ticked down in the fourth quarter with his team trailing Dundee-Crown by three. But it just was not happening.
Schwerdtmann found himself attracting a little too much attention from D-C’s defenders, but he found the next-best thing, forward Nick Ledinsky waving near the left corner.
“I was about to take it, but I saw Nick waving,” Schwerdtmann said. “And I trusted him. Everybody on this team can pull it from deep.”
Ledinsky momentarily bobbled the pass, but then stepped behind the 3-point line and stuck a line drive fadeaway shot as time expired to send the game into overtime. Eight minutes later, the Golden Eagles had earned an uplifting 76-66 double-overtime victory against their archrivals in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball game Tuesday at the Eagles’ Nest.
“On the bobble, I got a second to look at the clock and I knew I had a little time,” said Ledinsky, who hit his last four shots, three of which were 3s. “In the second overtime, anything I tossed up there was going in. This game really showed what we’re about.”
Jacobs (8-7 overall, 3-1 FVC Valley) led most of the first overtime, but D-C’s Brandon Rodriguez drove for a scooping layup with 2.5 seconds remaining to force a second extra period. Jacobs grabbed control immediately in the second overtime by forcing two quick turnovers and with Ledinsky hitting two 3s.
“We said we were going to end it right now,” Ledinsky said.
D-C (11-4, 2-1) had taken a 58-55 lead with 36 seconds remaining in a fourth quarter where neither team held more than a three-point advantage. The Chargers defended Jacobs well in the final seconds before Ledinsky got off his buzzer-beater.
“[Ledinsky] does that all the time in practice, holding the ball until the last second and stepping back,” Jacobs coach Jim Hinkle said. “We wanted to go either way [Ledinsky or Schwerdtmann] to get an open look. But it wasn’t so open.”
For a few seconds it looked like the Eagles might not get a shot off at all.
“Our defense was pretty solid,” Chargers coach Lance Huber said. “[Ledinsky] made a good shot. It’s tough to overcome that. They made shots, that’s the name of the game.”
Jacobs hit 11 3s for the game. Schwerdtmann hit 10 of 21 field goals and scored a game-high 25 points, Ledinsky hit 6 of 9 and scored 20. Both players hit five 3s.
“It feels good, especially against them,” Schwerdtmann said. “We all know each other and they’re our friends off the court, but out here we hate them.”
Rodriguez and Dylan Kissack scored 16 apiece to lead D-C and T.J. Beasley added 15.
“Our kids showed a lot of resolve to come back after we lost the lead in the fourth quarter,” Hinkle said. “We’re really playing well right now”