Overtime Thriller

by Mike Ellis

Hinsdale Central boys basketball fell to DePaul Prep in heart-wrenching fashion, 64-62, in six overtimes in the second round of the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic on Dec. 28. In game-time, the contest spanned 56 minutes, or a game and three quarters, with many student-athletes on both sides playing NBA-type minutes. Central senior guard Jack Hoiberg led all scorers with 32 points, accounting for more than half of his team’s points. In quintuple overtime, i.e. the fifth overtime, it appeared that DePaul might finally walk out with a win, leading by three points with less than a minute remaining. But Hoiberg made a layup to cut the deficit to 59-58 with 40 seconds remaining, and after a Rams free throw, senior forward Danny Ahern sunk a mid-range field goal with ten seconds left to force a sixth overtime. On many occasions, games with multiple overtimes actually swell into miniature routs, with one team gaining the upper hand and extending its advantage through fatigue, a foul advantage or a series of free throws down the stretch. This contest, however, was destined to remain tight throughout—even in the waning moments of sextuple overtime. With the game tied at 62-62, DePaul senior forward Matthew Tonkel tipped a miss in at the buzzer, as the Rams prevailed, 64-62, in thrilling fashion. 


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