Boys basketball: Whiting beats Lighthouse in triple overtime
By Dennis Churilla Post-Tribune correspondent December 27, 2012 11:22PM
Updated: January 29, 2013 6:43AM
GARY — It took all afternoon, but the Calumet Holiday tournament finally found some drama in the final game of the first round. After three early blowouts, Whiting needed triple-overtime to get past Gary Lighthouse 84-83.
The game had it all — a coach ejection, a fan ejection, seven players who fouled out, and some unlikely heroes at the end. Start with Whiting freshman Martin Petruf. Petruf hadn’t attempted a shot of any kind until four seconds left in the third overtime, when he hit one of two free throws to win the game.
“He came up big when we needed him to,” said Whiting coach Derrick Milenkoff.
Petruf’s may have never gotten the chance after Gary Lighthouse’s Treshaun Sams scored all seven of his points in the second overtime. Sams added two assists to give the Lions (5-6) a five-point lead with 38 seconds left. But a technical foul on the Lions’ coaching staff gave Whiting two free throws and the ball.
The Oiler’s Nick Filipek hit two free throws and four more in the waning moments to extend the game. Two more Lions’ technical fouls between the second and third overtimes led to four more free throws by Filipek. They were all the points Whiting would score in the third overtime until Petruf’s free throw. It also topped off a 21 of 26 effort from the line for Filipek, who led all scorers with 40 points.
“He’s averaging 23-24 points a game right now and he’s definitely clutch,” said Milenkoff. “He’s a competitor and he has that warrior mentality.”
Whiting also got 22 points and 12 rebounds from Cameron Chorba before he fouled out. The Lions’ Thomas Smith and Alexander Johnson each scored 23 points before fouling out.
“We had lots of opportunities to win the game, but we didn’t take them,” said Lions’ varsity assistant coach Quincy Taylor.
“We can’t let the refs dictate the game.”
Whiting (1-6) moves on to face South Bend Clay in the semi-finals Friday at noon. The twice-defending champ Colonials advanced with a 62-43 victory over Highland.