Staggguard Max Strus hit athree-pointer with 3.1 seconds left in the game to give the Chargers the win over host Lockport Friday in Southwest Suburban Blue action.
The Chargers (17-7, 6-5) found themselves tied with the Porters (7-11, 4-7) 46-46 after Lockport’s Gehrig Hollatz drilled a three-pointer with 14 seconds left in the game. Strus, a 6-foot-6 senior brought the ball upcourt against Lockport’s Grover Anderson who played him tight. When Anderson overcommitted on Strus, he took his shot from the top of the key. The Porters’ Ralph Blakney was fouled in the backcourt on the ensuing play. The referee indicated it was in the act of shooting and gave him three free throws. Blakney could only convert one of three.
Strus led all scorers with 24 points. Blakney led Lockport with 11 points.
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Lockport shot 16-of-41 from the field. Stagg shot 15-of-33 from the field.
”I want the ball in my hands in the last seconds. Coach (John Daniels) wanted me to go one-on-one. Grover (Anderson) played great defense. I sawhim over playing. I stepped back. He slippped and it left me with a wide open three,” Strus said.