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Expectations have grown by leaps and bounds this season at Kenwood. New coach Marlo Finner and high-profile transfers Manny Patterson and Zion Morgan have brought a massive level of attention to a program that was around the .500 mark most of last year.
“It’s a process,” Finner said. “There is no magic wand. I’m proud of these guys. They fought tonight.”
It took two overtimes and some late-game heroics from Nick Robinson, but the No. 11 Broncos knocked off No. 22 Morton 74-72 at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament in Hillside on Monday.
The score was tied and Morton was playing for the last shot. Robinson stole the ball in the lane and immediately lofted a perfect pass to Rah Katumbusi, who was streaking down the court. Katumbusi laid the ball in for the win.
Robinson had drained two free throws with three seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Morgan tied the score at the end of the first overtime with a clutch driving layup.
“We trust each other,” Robinson said. “We’re like brothers. I don’t need to score a ton of points in every game.”
Robinson displayed his all-around skill set, finishing with 11 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and five steals. Morgan led Kenwood (8-1) with 21 points. Rah Katumbusi scored 15 and Steve Williams added 12.
Morton (7-3) played without its best player, Harvard recruit Weisner Perez, who is nursing an ankle injury. Dexter Dale (19 points) and Miguel Lopes (17 points) stepped up to fill the scoring void.
Patterson did not play for Kenwood. The 6-7 junior has a shoulder injury. Finner said he’s day to day.
Kenwood will face Proviso East at 5:30 Tuesday in the second round.