Jane Addams Middle School's eighth grade boys basketball team took third place in the state Thursday after beating Liberty Junior High of New Lenox 48-46.
Trey Mack’s free throws with 2 seconds left broke a 46-46 tie to give Jane Addams Middle School the victory in the battle for 3rd place in Thursday’s IESA Class 4A eighth grade boys basketball state finals.
Mack, who scored a game high 18 points, came up big down the stretch for the Mustangs, scoring on a 5-footer to make it 38-36 Mustangs and then hitting a crucial 3-pointer with 2:27 left in the game to tie it at 41. A Cameron Harris bucket and a Harris put back put Addams up 45-41 before Liberty hit a bucket and two free throws to tie it again at 45. Each team hit a free throw in the closing minute before Mack’s heroics.
Liberty (24-4) led early 9-4 after the first quarter but Addams (24-3) came roaring back in the second quarter to take a two point lead at halftime. Liberty led 30-28 heading into the final stanza.
Other scoring for the Mustangs came from Calvell Randall (10), Joseph Yesufu and Harris (7 each) and Dominic Kimek (6).
Team members for Jane Addams include Capri Stewart, Matt Bielawski, Cameron Faulk, Mark Bennett, Jack Eken, Antwon Allen, Cameron Harrell and Nana Akenton. The Mustangs head coach is Josh Gage with assistance from Jared Ploger.
Editor's note: This is a press release from Valley View School District 365U.
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