CICERO – If the two meetings between Morton and Proviso East have shown anything, it's that there isn't much that separates the two teams.
For the second time this season Proviso East squeaked out a tight win against the Mustangs. Friday night in Morton's home opener the Pirates won 66-60.
Earlier this season the PIrates beat the Mustangs 74-70 in overtime in a consolation game in the Proviso West Holiday Tournament. That game didn't count in the West Suburban Gold standings, but this game gave East a leg up in the Gold.
Morton (8-4, 3-1 WSG) led much of the game, but a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter gave Proviso East (11-3, 4-0 WSG) 61-53 lead with less than two minutes remaining. The Mustangs turned on the full-court press and got back into the game on two baskets from Jarvis Cannon and a three-pointer by Greg Carter to cut the lead to 61-60 with 1:00 left.
Another Pirates' turnover gave Morton a possession to take the lead in the final minute, but they were unable to get a shot off and East iced the game at the free throw line.
"At this point I just think some of their players wanted it more than us," Morton forward Weisner Perez said. "Some of their bench players got the rebounds and they just wanted it more than us. For some of us it can't be one person wants it. We all got to want it more collectively."
Perez led the Mustangs with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Carter had 17 points and Cannon had 16.
Kalin Fisher had 23 points for East. Jevon Carter scored 17, including a lay up at the buzzer that padded the final score.