Aaron Simpson scored 31 points and North Chicago numerous bullets to edge host Lakes 90-86 in double-overtime on Friday in a North Suburban Conference Prairie Division game.
The Warhawks (6-1 overall, 4-0 in the division) blew a nine-point lead in the final 5:52 of the fourth quarter and needed a last-second layup by Marzhon Bryant to tie it a 70-70.
Then, in the first overtime, with Lakes ahead 78-77, Simpson missed a shot, but North Chicago’s Tyrone Linder rebounded and was fouled with 2.9 seconds left.
He made the first of two, missed the second, and Lakes’ Direll Clark hit the rim with a halfcourt shot at the buzzer.
In the second extra period, it was 83-83 with 1:24 left after a basket by Clark (team-high 24 points).
Bryant then made two free throws with 1:06 left to make it 85-83, and after a Lakes miss, Simpson made one free throw for an 86-83 lead with 25 seconds left.
JaVairius Amos-Mays then stole the ball with 18 seconds left and Simpson made two free throws with 16 seconds left to make it 88-83.
Lakes’ Justin Schneider hit a three-pointer with seven seconds left to make it 88-86, but Amos-Mays clinched the win with two free throws with 5.8 seconds left.
“Our kids played hard given the situation they were put in,” said Warhawks coach Gerald Coleman. “I’m glad we didn’t quit.
“We had heart and stuck with it.”
For the game, North Chicago was 24-of-64 shooting, with Simpson just 6-of-29.
Lakes (3-1 in the division, 6-5 overall) was 29-of-70 shooting.
From the foul line, North Chicago was 39-of-59. The Hawks made just one field in the two overtime periods.
Lakes, which had three players foul out, was 14-of-22 from the stripe.