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#2 St. John's Needs Overtime to Upset #1 Gonzaga

By Martinis Jackson , 01/05/16, 11:45PM EST


A day after #1 Kansas needed triple overtime to defeat #2 nationally ranked Oklahoma, local area high school powerhouses Gonzaga  College High School (Ranked #1 by Washington Post) and St. John's College High School (Ranked #2 by Washington Post) did their best rendition of a #1 v. #2 overtime thriller.

The first quarter began with a frantic pace as both teams put up quick shots on a number of fast breaks, including two circus layups by Gonzaga Eagles star point guard, Chris Lykes. Each time the ball appeared to have no chance of reaching the rim until a perfect rotation caused the ball to hit the backboard and fall right into the hoop. However, early foul trouble would saddle Lykes and St John's would take a 19-11 lead with 3:49 left in the second quarter. and would extend the cushion to 26-18 on a Cowan Jr. buzzer layup to conclude the half.  

The second half would begin with Gonzaga striking early with buckets by Sophomores Myles Dread and Prentiss Hubb  who would give the Eagles their first lead before a host of threes by both teams sparked lead changes in both directions with neither team able to take command of the game. Cowan Jr. and Lykes would exchange baskets before going into the fourth quarter to make the score 40-37 St. John's. 

After another back and forth quarter, St. John's would take a 60-57 with 7.6 seconds in regulation after a missed free-throw. On the ensuing possession, Lykes was able to take the ball the length of the floor and convert a fading three pointer to force overtime. Unfortunately for the Eagles, overtime wasn't enough. Cowan Jr. would come up clutch in the period scoring 11 of his team high 27 points in the quarter, converting 7 of 9 free-throws to ice the game.  Senior Guards Jeff Dowtin Jr. and Dajuan Clayton would contribute 13 a piece for St. John's.  Nigel Stewart would score 14 points to add to Chris Lyke's game high 28 points. 

Gonzaga will look to bounce back against Bishop McNamara on Thursday at home. St. John's will look to go 2-0 this week with a visit to St. Mary's Ryken on Thursday.