Bishop Gorman gave the nation’s top-ranked boys basketball team all it could handle Thursday.
The Gaels, though, came up just short.
La Lumiere (Indiana) held the Gaels without a field goal for the final 5:34 to pull out a 74-69 double-overtime victory in the quarterfinals of the GEICO Nationals in New York City.
“We battled and gave ourselves a chance,” Gorman coach Grant Rice said. “We just got a little tired at the end. We were in some foul trouble and just ran out of gas.
“I’m really proud of our guys but still disappointed. We came in confident that we could compete with them.”
The Lakers, ranked No. 1 in the country by USA Today, improved to 29-0, but needed eight extra minutes to get there.
Gorman (28-5) trailed 53-46 with 4:11 left in regulation before rallying to tie the score and force overtime on Will McClendon’s 28-foot 3-pointer from the left wing with 4.7 seconds left.
“That was big,” Rice said. “They hit a shot just before that where we played just perfect defense, and they still hit it. Will came back and hit that three. We could have taken a timeout there, but we have confidence in our kids to make a play.”
Zaon Collins’ two free throws with 1:04 left in the first overtime tied the score at 66, and the Gaels took a 68-66 lead 32 seconds into the second overtime on Isaiah Cottrell’s two free throws.
La Lumiere finished the game on an 8-1 run, holding Gorman to 0-for-4 from the field in the second overtime.
The Lakers, who beat Gorman 67-54 on Jan. 4, had a 44-28 rebounding edge behind Keion Brooks and Isaiah Stewart.
Brooks, a 6-foot-7-inch power forward, had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Stewart, a 6-9, 245-pound center, had 25 points and seven rebounds. Wendell Green scored 19 for La Lumiere.
Gorman, which used a four-guard lineup most of the game, stayed close by hitting 13 of 25 3-pointers.
McClendon finished with 22 points. Noah Taitz scored 16, Collins 12 and Cottrell 10. Chance Michels, the only senior in Gorman’s lineup, had nine points on 3-for-4 shooting on 3-pointers.
“Chance doesn’t get the credit he deserves,” Rice said. “We’re going to miss him, but we think we’re going to be pretty good again next year.”
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