Chicago Orr High School basketball coach Louis Adams called his son’s 30-point outburst Saturday a “coming-out party.”
Dad watched most of it through a window of the hospitality room door at Tech High School after he was ejected in the third quarter of Orr’s 58-55 overtime win over Warren Central in the Indy Legacy “Indiana vs. Illinois” Showcase.
With the score tied at 55 after Devin Davis made one of two free throws with 10.1 seconds remaining, Louis Adams Jr. took the inbounds pass and drove the length of the floor. He scored on a driving shot with 1.1 seconds left and was fouled by Davis, a bang-bang play that Warren Central coach Greg Graham thought could have been a charge.
“We didn’t get the call,” Graham said. “That’s the way it shakes out.”
Graham was less concerned about the call than he was the way his team frittered away a double-digit second-half lead for the second night in a row. The Class 4A third-ranked Warriors (4-2) led Ben Davis by 14 points in the third quarter Friday before losing 51-50 in overtime.
“It’s something we have to clean up real quick,” Graham said. “I’ve never seen a team so fragile. Losing does that to you. But we have no choice but to learn from it because our schedule doesn’t get any softer.”
Orr was playing without Marlon Jones, a 6-8 junior who Adams said missed the game due to an eye injury. Adams Jr., a 6-3 junior, picked up the slack by scoring 17 points in the second half and overtime.
“He can play,” Adams said of his son. “Once he gets it going, he can play. This was sort of a coming-out party for him.”
Adams hardly had an enjoyable spot to watch it from. He was whistled for his first technical in the first quarter after calling a 30-second timeout to stare at the officials with his arms crossed.
“I’m allowed to stand up during a timeout, right?” Adams said after the game.
He took a seat at the end of the bench for the remainder of the first half. But after collecting his second technical in the third quarter, Adams was ejected. He watched from the corner of the gym for a few minutes, then was sent to the hospitality room, where he watched through a window at the end of the gym, occasionally opening the door to shout instructions.
Adams didn’t take credit for his son’s game-winning shot, however.
“He doesn’t listen to daddy anymore,” Adams said. “He just took that one on his own.”
Davis, an Indiana recruit, led Warren Central with 16 points. Jaraan Lands and Sam Thompson each added 14.
Brebeuf Jesuit 79, Providence St. Mel 74, OT Junior guard P.J. Thompson scored a career-high 40 points for Brebeuf, which squandered a 20-point lead and then recovered in overtime.
Thompson scored 13 points in overtime, including seven on free throws in the final 29 seconds. Junior Adam Kroot added 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kroot’s assist to Thompson gave Brebeuf the lead for good with 1:07 left in overtime.
“Best game he’s had this year,” Thompson said of Kroot. “He played great.”
Thompson wasn’t so bad himself. After blood spilled on his No. 11 jersey in the second half, he returned wearing No. 42.
“We rely on him,” Brebeuf coach Noah Haynes said. “He shoots a high percentage from the field and gets to the line. That’s deadly.”
It was a bounce-back win for Brebeuf, which lost 63-52 to Roncalli on Friday.
“They handed it to us, really,” Thompson said. “Our emphasis today was to come back and learn from it and get the win against this good team.”
Proviso East (Ill.) 82, Mishawaka Marian 61 Notre Dame recruit Demetrius Jackson scored a game-high 23 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough against a deep and talented Proviso East squad.
Junior guard Jevon Carter scored 12 of his 21 points in the third quarter as the Pirates (6-2) turned an 11-point halftime lead into a rout. SMU recruit Sterling Brown added 18 points for Proviso East and Illinois State recruit Paris Lee added 13.
Mishawaka Marian (2-4) stayed close in the first half as Jackson received help on the offensive end from sophomore guard Devin Cannady (eight first-half points) and senior guard Michael Whitfield (six first-half points).