Will Sullivan’s 17-foot basket with five seconds left in Saturday night’s game in Elmhurst took the air right out of the OPRF boys basketball team. The Huskies, who came-from-behind after being down 12 in the first half against York, were forced to settle for a 68-67 loss, but the effort put forth in this loss and in a 64-61 overtime victory over Glenbard West the night before makes OPRF look as if its just getting warmed up for the postseason.

“It was one of the best shots I’ve seen a high school kid make in a really long time,” said OPRF head coach Matt Maloney of the basket by the Division I prospect that put his team’s West Suburban (Silver) Conference record at 4-2 for a three-way tie for second place with York and Proviso West. Lyons Township is currently in first with a perfect 6-0 mark.

Stymied by foul trouble to start the game — four players had two fouls early — the Huskies went into halftime down six at 37-31. But a 7-0 run in the third led by Gabe Levin, Ka’Derryl Bell and Steve Ramsey, helped the Huskies outscore York 17-15 and trail by just four going into the final period.

“For our guys to start the second half the way they did, it was excellent,” said Maloney whose team shot 47 percent from the field and 74 percent at the free-throw line for the game. “The team came together and battled tooth-and-nail.”

Bell finished with 20 points, hitting 7-of-15 from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Ramsey added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Levin and Josh Lang both chipped in 10 points apiece. Sophomore Steve Waddell came off the bench for nine points and five rebounds.

“I couldn’t ask for anything better of this team after the effort they gave in the second half,” said Maloney. “It was a well played high school basketball game.”

The Huskies (7-6 overall) were on the winning side of another well played high school basketball game the night before when they edged Glenbard West 64-61 in overtime. Levin led OPRF with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. He also finished with three blocks and had three of his team’s 15 steals in the game. Bell scored 16 points, while Lang added 11 and Brian Miller nine.

OPRF trailed 40-37 after three quarters but rallied to tie the score in the fourth. The Huskies scored just six points in the extra period for the win. Glenbard West’s last second three-point attempt came up short.

“In terms of effort and execution, I could not be prouder of this basketball team,” said Maloney. “We’re playing well right now.”

The Huskies host Downers Grove North on Friday night (7:30 p.m.) and Ridgewood on Tuesday (7 p.m.).

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...