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By: Dan Ruane
It was Jeremy Goodman’s time to be option one.
The Chicagoland Jewish guard took the ball all the way up the court and hit a pull-up jumper from just inside the free throw line to lead the Tigers to a 44-43 victory in the Class 1A Sectional semi-final at Serena on Tuesday night.
“I was surprised at how open I was on that play,’’ Goodman said.”I drew a charge earlier so I just pulled up to avoid that.’’
His winning shot came with one second left against Westminster Christian and allowed the Tigers to advance to Friday night’s Sectional final. It was the second time this year that Goodman, who scored 13 points, beat the Warriors on a last second shot.
“The play before we set a screen for Josh [Newlander] for the three in the corner,’’ Chicagoland Jewish coach Marty Dello said. “This time we set up the same play but we figured they would step out on Josh so it was Jeremy’s time. That was his third game-winner this year.’’
Chicagoland Jewish (17-8) was forced to make a last second comeback after giving up an eight point third quarter lead. Trailing 43-39, Newlander stroked a three from the corner with 8.6 seconds left to play. Play was delayed and Chicagoland Jewish was given a warning for illegally touching the ball but it paid off for them as it allowed them to set up their full-court defense.
After Brian McDonaugh was fouled and missed a pair of free throws, Goodman came down court for the winner.
“They got rewarded for that illegal touch and it paid off for them,’’ Westminster coach Bruce Firchau said. “But I’m proud of the grit and composure that my kids showed in coming back.’’
Dillon Rejman, who scored 12 points, started the Westminster (17-13) comeback with a pair of threes to start the fourth quarter. Connor Rejman also scored 12 and gave the Warriors its final lead with a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left to play at 43-39.
Westminster was playing without Sam Carini, who averaged 17.5 points per game. He suffered a concussion in practice earlier this week. Chicagoland Jewish was short-handed as well missing Avidan Halivni who averaged 10 points per game.
Newlander led everyone with 15 points including seven in the fourth quarter. Robert Kieczynski chipped in 12 for Westminster.
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