Niles West controls fourth quarter to beat Glenbrook South
Niles West's Ahmad Gibson (20) shoots the ball over Glenbrook South's Conor McCarthy (34) during their game on Jan. 4 in Glenview. | Buzz Orr~Sun-Times Media
GLENVIEW — The Niles West boys basketball team went more than seven minutes Friday without scoring before junior guard Ahmad Gibson’s basket midway through the third quarter.
Senior forward David McCoy followed 30 seconds later with a steal and dunk that sent the Wolves on their way to a 54-44 win over Glenbrook South. The victory was the first for Niles West in the CSL South, while the loss snapped the Titans’ three-game winning streak.
McCoy’s dunk gave Niles West a 30-28 lead.
“That energized us,” said McCoy, who finished with 13 points and four steals. “It’s always nice to get a dunk, and I think we fed off that.”
Coming into the contest, the Wolves (10-5 overall, 1-3 CSL South) had lost three of their five games when leading in the fourth quarter. They closed out Friday’s game on an 11-2 run and held the Titans (8-7, 1-3) without a field goal for almost the final five minutes.
“We definitely decided to finish this one,” McCoy said. “We were sick and tired of losing in the conference.”
Justin Busiel carried Glenbrook South in the first half, scoring 14 of his game-best 16, as the two teams went into intermission tied at 26-all.
Gibson paced the Wolves with 14 points and finished 8-for-8 on free throws, including 6-for-6 in the final eight minutes.
“Ahmad had a great fourth quarter,” Niles West coach Bob Williams said. “He did what point guards do. It was a huge fourth quarter for us.”
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper Thursday to read more about the Niles West and Glenbrook South boys basketball teams.