LA GRANGE – All season long, opposing coaches have enviously spoke about the number of players that are capable of having a big game for York’s boys basketball team.
On Saturday, junior Jayvon Thomas added his name to the list.
Thomas scored a career-high 30 points in a 70-62 overtime win at Lyons Township for the Lions’ Pack the Place night.
Thomas has only joined the starting lineup for the last several games, but with star forward Frank Toohey in foul trouble York (21-2, 8-0 West Suburban Silver) needed to get its offense from another source.
“We usually pound it inside, but Frank got in foul trouble so somebody else had to step up,” Thomas said. “It was just my turn to step up.”
LT led 33-31 at halftime and the teams went back and forth in the second half.
The Lions led 59-56 after Jim Cullen sank two free throws with 28 seconds left, but Charlie Rose nailed a 3-pointer to tie the score on the next possession.
The play was drawn up for Rose out of a timeout. Cullen missed a layup attempt with four seconds left and the game went to overtime.
“It’s just who wanted it more,” Rose said. “They played really well tonight. I think we just got a little lucky and played hard at the end to close it out.”
The overtime was all York. The Dukes scored the first 11 points of the OT.
York defeated LT for the third time this season and left Lions’ coach Tom Sloan looking for answers.
“We’ve seen Toohey score in the 20s, Rose score in the 20s and close to 30 last year,” Sloan said. “[Jack] Heinle has scored close to 20, [Stanley] Roberts has scored 18 and now [Thomas] goes for 30.”
The Dukes picked up another close win on Jan. 31, 61-59 at Proviso West. York has four games left in the Silver, including three on the road. Next up is tonight’s test at Glenbard West.
The road crowds probably won’t bother Thomas, who said the raucous crowd at LT helped fire him up.
“Once I got my first bucket I kind of got into it,” Thomas said. “The crowd was pumping me up.”