Everyone who was in the gym on Friday night at Crete-Monee witnessed a duel for the ages between two future DePaul Blue Demons.
Jamee Crockett and Crete-Monee held the upper hand for most of tonight's contest and led by 10 points with 1:37 remaining in the fourth quarter. But, it was Macari Brooks' heroics that led the Stars to the victory.
Trailing by four points with 0.4 seconds in the fourth quarter, Brooks was fouled in the act of draining a three-point shot. Macari then went to the charity stripe to attempt the game-tying free throw.
"I didn't know I had the foul until coach told me ‘Make the last shot, make the free throw'," said Brooks who had never attempted a free throw with the game on the line in his entire career. "It was a lot of pressure."
After Brooks made the free throw and sent the game into overtime, Crete-Monee held the ball until former Palatine player Michael Orris scored on a layup with 28 seconds left to give the Warriors a 55-53 lead.
Then it was time for Brooks to do his magic again. He hit from beyond the arc as time expired to give the Stars the 56-55 victory.
"It was for the team, that's all it was, it was for the team," Brooks said. "Me being a senior and a three year starter, I had to step up and knock down the last shot."
Brooks finished with 30 points on the night. Crockett led the way for Crete-Monee with 22 points.
Brooks Leads Rich South to OT Win
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