Cavs come back to win...
CHICAGO - The Cavaliers' 62-57 overtime victory over Brooks has definitely put them on in the spotlight.
This game had just about everything including two double digit comebacks by the Eagles. Brooks came all the way back in the second quarter and led most of the second half. The Eagles took their first lead 29-27 on a shot from downtown by sophomore Michael Powell with 1 minute, 1 second left in the second quarter. They went on to take the led of 31-29 at the break and picked things up right where they left them in the second quarter and out on a 10-2 run to start the third.
And heading into the fourth, the Cavaliers
trailed 48-41 and that's when coach Chris Pickett put his stamp on defense and
rebounding. The team responded causing all sorts of offensive problems for
Brooks who went cold and only score 2 points down the stretch. This allowed the
Caves to do what they do best run the court and make easy baskets which built
their confidence and tie the game.
Kevin Gray had a chance to break a 50-50 tie with 52 seconds left but missed a pair of free throws. Vocational held the ball for the last shot after securing the rebound. Hollis Hill missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end regulation.
In overtime, 6'5" forward Aaron Williams took over scoring seven of his game-high 25 points and pulled down two of his 13 rebounds.
"They were trash-talking about the game, saying
they were going to beat us on our home floor and stuff like that," said Williams
after the game. "I know a lot of those guys, so for me it was personal. We
haven't lost on our home floor for a while, and I knew we had more heart than
In addition, senior Hollis Hill added 17 points and hit a pair of threes in the fourth that sparked Cavs offense. "That was huge," Hill said. "If we can get our big guys to box out and rebound like we did in the fourth quarter and overtime, we can win every game the rest of the way. They have to rebound like that, though."
Kendrick Nichols led Brooks with 16 points and Michael Powell added 10.
CVS 67, Brooks 57 (OT)
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