In a battle for the early-season lead in the SouthWest Suburban Conference Red Division, Thornwood finally disposed of Bradley-Bourbonnais 84-83 in a double-overtime thriller Friday in South Holland. The Thunderbirds ran their marks to 12-4 overall and 4-0 in the SWSC Red. Bradley dropped to 10-2, 3-1.
Rashaad Alexander stole an inbound pass and was fouled at the second-overtime horn. His free throw ended the game and gave the Thunderbolts a one-game lead on Bradley in the SWSC Red.
Bradley-Bourbonnais guard Levester Harris kept the Boilers close, scoring a game-high 35 points. Kenneth Bates had 17 points and 19 rebounds for Thornwood.
BY THE NUMBERS
Trailing 46-45, Thornwood went on a 14-5 run to take a 58-51 lead with 59.8 seconds left in regulation. Bradley responded with a 13-5 run to send the game into overtime tied at 64-all. Thornwood missed three of its last four free throws in regulation.
“I haven’t seen something like that ever. He clearly yanked our guy’s jersey so he couldn’t catch the ball” – Thornwood coach Paul Slavich on the foul call at the end of the second overtime.