Quincy Shootout: Taking charge in overtime catapults Oak Cliff Faith Family to victory


Oak Cliff Faith Family forward Doryan Onwuchekwa. left, chats with Eagles coach Brandon Thomas during a free throw in Friday's game against Chicago Curie in the Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — After committing a shot clock violation on its first possession of overtime Friday night, the Oak Cliff Faith Family boys basketball team knew how to respond.

Take a charge to earn a defensive stop.

By doing so, the Eagles quickly reset themselves offensively, using the energy brought about by the charging foul to go on a 6-1 run and take control of the extra period. Faith Family then finished off an 82-80 victory over Chicago Curie in the opening game of the fifth Quincy Shootout at Blue Devil Gym.

Tied at 61 at the start of the fourth quarter, neither team ever led by more than three points in the final frame with Curie going ahead 71-69 with 47 seconds remaining on Chikasi Ofoma’s layin. Ofoma fouled out with 20 seconds to play after scoring 29 points, and Faith Family’s Jadyn Toppin split a pair of free throws to make it a one-point game.

The Condors’ Isaias Pickens made 1 of 2 free throws with 15.6 seconds remaining for a 72-70 lead, but Toppin drew a foul and made both free throws with 6.6 seconds left to tie the game and force overtime.

Toppin finished with 26 points, 22 coming in the second half and overtime, while Doryan Onwuchekwa had 21 points and Peyton Gusters scored 18 points for Faith Family. Cros Barrett and Jeremy Harrington Jr. each scored 13 points for Curie.

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