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Orange Lutheran needs OT to defeat Foothill
ORANGE Gabe York proved to the deciding factor for the second-ranked Orange Lutheran boys basketball team.
York nailed a 3-pointer as time expired in regulation to send Thursday's Dick's Sporting Goods Orange Holiday Classic final against fifth-ranked Foothill in overtime Thursday night.
Then in the extra period, he scored eight of his 30 points in the extra period to lead the Lancers (10-2) to a 68-60 victory over the Knights (12-2) at Chapman University.
York was selected the MVP of the tournament. York averaged 29 points a game during the tournament.
With 7.8 seconds left, Orange Lutheran inbounded the ball the length of the court. The ball ended up in York’s hands and he nailed a 3 as time expired.
"We tried to run a play, but it ended up not working. (Point guard) Payton Banks gave me the ball at the volleyball line. I was able to get a couple of dribbles and hitting the shot," York said. "I was very confident that it was going in.
"In overtime, I decided that it was time to take over."
And that's just what he did.
On the first possession in overtime, York struck again, knocking home another 3, giving the Lancers a 56-53 lead, their first lead since the third quarter.
In overtime, with the score tied at 58-58, York was fouled shooting a 3, which he made along with the free throw to give the Lancers a 62-58 lead with 2:19 left. They wouldn’t relinquish the lead.
York became Orange Lutheran’s all-time leading scorer in the first half when he scored 11 points.
“In overtime I decided that it was time for me to take over,” he said. “The first three quarters, I’m trying to make my shots and get my teammates involved. In the fourth quarter, if that didn’t work and we’re still down, I just tell my teammates, ‘let me have this and let me get our team going and get the win for us.”
Foothill led 15-10 after the first period and 39-34 entering the fourth quarter. Orange Lutheran rallied to tie the score at 48-48 on a 3-pointer by Jared Carver.
Later, Steven Browne made a pair of free throws to give the Knights a 53-50 lead, setting the stage for York’s late-game heroics.
For the Lancers it was a bit of deja vu. In the semifinals, they were able to pull off a late-game rally to take down Canyon.
"We have to get over the fact that we have good athletes and tall players," Orange Lutheran coach Chris Nordstrom said. "We have to go and find bodies. They (Foothill) did a nice job of attacking the glass and we did not do a good job of boxing them out.
"We have to get better there or we're going to get in trouble in (Trinity) League play."
Payton Banks scored 15 points for the Lancers and Darien Williams added 13.
Browne and James Marinacci led Foothill with 16 points. Ryan James added 11.
In the third-place game
No. 10 Canyon 46, Ayala of Chino Hills 44: The Comanches (11-3) survived a last-second 3-point attempt by Jared Ponce to come away with the victory.
Canyon had taken a 45-44 lead thanks to two free throws by Kyle O’Shea with 22.5 seconds left. Ayala miss on its next trip down the floor.
Anthony Ballestero grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He went to the free throw line and made one of two free throws.
JoJo Ballestero led Canyon with 16 points.
In the fifth-place game
La Habra 61, Tustin 50: Ryan Hall and Alex Imhof scored 20 points apiece to lead the Highlanders (10-6) to the victory.
Tustin led 18-8 after the first period and 28-20 at halftime. The Highlanders would outscore the Tillers 41-22 in the second half.