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LT looks for positives in a pair of OT losses

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 2:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:44 a.m. CDT
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(Erica Benson - ebenson@shawmedia.com )
Lyons Township's Harrison Niego goes up for a shot during Saturday's home game against York. The Lions played one of their best games of the season, but lost in overtime to the Dukes.

LA GRANGE – What a weekend for the Lyons Township boys basketball team, and not in a good way.

The Lions played two overtimes games and lost a pair of West Suburban Silver games. Friday's 53-51 overtime loss to Glenbard West was arguably the most disappointing loss of the season while Saturday's 70-62 overtime loss to York was nearly LT's best win.

The raucous "Pack the Place" crowd on Saturday couldn't quite propel the Lions to a victory over York. It was the third time the Dukes beat LT this season, though it was by far the closest.

LT led most of the first half and endured a back and forth second half to take a 59-56 lead with 28 seconds left. Charlie Rose tied the score on a 3-pointer with about 18 seconds remaining, an LT layup didn't fall at the end of regulation for the win, and the overtime was all York.

"I feel bad for the kids to have to walk out of here after this game and have it be a loss because they really played hard enough and well enough to get a win," LT coach Tom Sloan said. "[York is] very talented and it took a 3-point shot with 15 seconds left to tie it and then we still had a shot at the buzzer that could have won it. We had all the opportunities in the world to put it away. We didn't choke. They found a way to win a very close game."

The Lions were coming off the disheartening loss to Glenbard West, a team the Lions beat by 13 on the road earlier this season and that entered the game with just one conference win. To come back against York, which already had two double digits win over the Lions this season, showed the team's resilience.

Sloan wasn't concerned about how his team will bounce back from what is likely its toughest weekend of the season. LT next plays against Downers Grove North, which just won its first Silver game on Saturday.

"They just have to come back and practice hard for four days next week to get ready for Downers on Friday," Sloan said. "That's the only choice we have, so hopefully losing two overtime games on a Friday and Saturday will have us zeroed in on all the details Monday through Thursday. We've lost some tough games already this year and bounced back. We did not play very well [Friday] and came back and almost beat the best team in the league [Saturday], so the guys are always ready to meet the challenge."

York 70

LT 62

York leaders

Jayvon Thomas: 30 points

• Charlie Rose: 11 points

• Stanley Roberts: 10 points

LT leaders

Harrison Niego: 16 points

• Omarr Gilbert: 12 points

• Jim Cullen: 10 points

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