[March 22, 2014]
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PEORIA — The Friday afternoon game of
the Railers versus Rockford Lutheran was intense, from the first
minute to the last 4 seconds. The Railers led, the Railers
trailed, the Railers tied, and around and around it went, until in
the end the only thing that really matters is the Railers WON.
Here is an excerpt from LDN
sports writer Jeff Benjamin's article in today's edition:
With 25 seconds left,
it was senior Joey Olden who calmly, at least on the outside, sank
the first, then the second free throw to put the Railers up
45-42. After getting the ball to half-court, the Crusaders called a
timeout to set up a final play. Up three, there was discussion about
the possibility the Railers might think about
fouling guard James Robinson, who had struggled all game, including
missing both of his free throws earlier in the contest. During the
later stages of the timeout, Rockford Lutheran coach Tom Guse tried to substitute
Ryan Dolan into the contest in place of Robinson. However, because
Dolan was not at the scorer's table in time during the timeout, he was
not allowed to enter, and Robinson was sent back into the game.
With the Railers calling on their defense one more time, Olden came away with a steal
with seconds to go and got the ball to Block, who was fouled. The
second-team all-stater stepped to the line to secure the victory.
The game had not been easy, so why should the last 6.2 seconds.
Block missed the free throw off the front of the rim, and Nate
Wieting grabbed the last of his 12 rebounds, tossing it to Kopelman.
The Lincoln defense did not give the leading scorer for the
Crusaders (30-4) any room as he maneuvered into the frontcourt, and
his forced and off-balance 3 from the right wing did not find
the mark. As Edward Bowlby cradled the rebound, the buzzer
Seriously, folks, it just
doesn't get any better than that!
Today at 2 p.m. is the
final game of the season, and the victor will emerge as the IHSA Class 3A
Pictures by Debbie Olden