James Jones and Luwane Pipkins were keenly aware of what they accomplished Saturday in the Chicago Elite Classic at UIC.
‘‘This was the biggest game in Bogan school history, so it’s the biggest win in school history,” Pipkins said.
Pipkins was the hero in the No. 4 Bengals’ 60-57 overtime victory over Lone Peak, Utah. He drained a three-point shot with 21 seconds to play in overtime to give Bogan the lead and then hit two free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.
‘‘We aren’t Simeon or Morgan Park,’’ Jones said. ‘‘People don’t think about Bogan like that. We haven’t played in big shootouts before.
‘‘It feels really special to be able to say we were a part of building something for our school.’’
Pipkins finished with 14 points, and Jones added eight with 11 rebounds. Tom Johnson added 15 points for Bogan (5-0).
‘‘I knew when [Pipkins] caught the ball [on the three-point attempt] that he was going to shoot it, and I was sure he was going to make it,’’ Jones said. ‘‘He’s a clutch player.’’
The game was tight throughout. Pipkins had a chance to win in regulation but missed.
Frank Jackson, who was spectacular for Lone Peak, made 1 of 2 free throws with 22 seconds left in regulation, good enough to send the game into overtime but not enough for the win.
Jackson scored 28 points, several on high-level moves.
‘‘He’s really good,’’ Pipkins said. ‘‘I was definitely impressed. He’s humble too.’’
Pipkins acknowledged that he’s on a mission this season to prove he’s the best guard in Chicago.
Morgan Park’s Marcus LoVett has stolen some of the spotlight from Pipkins lately.
‘‘If you want something as badly as I do, you go and get it,’’ Pipkins said. ‘‘I come from a different area than [LoVett]. I take what’s mine, so I need to take it.’’
LoVett scored 33 points in Morgan Park’s 71-58 victory at Larkin on Saturday in the Mac Irvin Diabetes Classic.
The Morgan Park-Bogan, LoVett-Pipkins rivalry will be one of the top attractions in the Public League this season.
The Red-South foes will play twice in the regular season and could meet up in the city tournament and the state playoffs. Both teams are among the favorites to win the Class 3A state championship.
Saturday, though, the Bengals were basking in the glow of a major victory in a national shootout.
‘‘Bogan doesn’t usually get invited to things like this,’’ Jones said. ‘‘We made sure to make the most of it.’’