Kamar MarshallSenior guard
took just one shot at Chicago State University on Friday but did he ever make it count.
Marshall drilled a 3-pointer from the right corner with 0.9 seconds left in the fourth overtime to give No. 3 Curie
a 69-66 win over No. 15 Whitney Young
in a battle of nationally-ranked teams to decide the Chicago Public League tournament title.
Curie held the ball more than 50 seconds while waiting for the last shot. The Condors wanted to get the ball inside, but found Marshall in the deep corner to bring the school its first CPL tournament title (the tourney dates back to 1901).Joseph Stamps
had a game-high 24 points while 6-foot-9 National Player of the Year candidate Cliff Alexander
added 20 points and 14 rebounds for Curie (24-1). The Condors are unbeaten with Alexander in the lineup this season. Paul White
had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Whitney Young (21-6). The Dolphins also got 16 points and eight rebounds from 6-10 five-star prospect Jahlil Okafor
, who fouled out with 2:13 left in regulation.
Whitney Young, winner of the CPL tournament in an overtime final last year, now has the unique distinction of losing games to the top three teams in MaxPreps.com's current Xcellent 25. The Dolphins lost to No. 1 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
earlier this month at the Nike Extravaganza and No. 2 Rainier Beach (Seattle)
at the Les Schwab Invitational in December.
Friday's classic could see a second chapter as Curie and Whitney Young are expected to cross paths in the Class 4A state tournament.