No. 10 La Lumiere avoids upset against Sioux Falls O'GormanFrom beginning to almost the end, Sioux Falls O’Gorman led one of the boys’ basketball teams in the country.
By: Justin Rust, The Daily Republic
From beginning to almost the end, Sioux Falls O’Gorman led one of the boys’ basketball teams in the country.
But La Lumiere, the 10th-ranked team in the nation, according to Maxpreps.com, was able to come back for the 74-73 victory Friday at the Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace.
O’Gorman had a 12-point lead with 6 minutes, 35 seconds left in the game when La Lumiere started to slowly chip away. The Knights still had a 73-66 lead with 1:30 left in the game after Connor Schaefbauer, who scored a team-high 22 points for O’Gorman, made a layup.
That would be the last shot the Knights would make, though.
The Lakers responded with an NBA-range 3-pointer from the left arc by Matej Buovac with 1:16 left.
La Lumiere got the ball back and Antonio Drummond hit a 3-pointer from the right arc with 45 seconds left to put the Lakers down by one.
O’Gorman was unable to score on the ensuing possession, and with the shot clock turned off, La Lumiere put the ball in the hands of its best player for the game, Raphael Davis, who is signed with Purdue. He did not disappoint.
Davis, who scored a game-high 39 points, slowly drove just past the free-throw line and then sank a short jumper to give the Lakers a 74-73 lead with 6 seconds left.
O’Gorman was able to drive down the floor for the last shot, but Schaefbauer’s 3-pointer from the left corner did not fall, meaning La Lumiere avoided being upset.
For more on this game, see Saturday’s edition of The Daily Republic.