Casey Teson ended up with a doubly special night at Fort Zumwalt South and for the host Bulldogs it was a brutally painful finish to an amazing evening of basketball.
Teson, the Pirates senior go-to guard plucked a steal near midcourt, and scored off the drive with just 5.6 seconds left to lift St. Charles to a shocking 99-97 upset in double overtime Tuesday night at Fort Zumwalt South Brad Hill Memorial Gymnasium.
In a cross division clash of the Gateway Athletic Conference North and Central Division winners, it was the Pirates that ended up having just enough after 40 frenetic minutes of wire-to-wire action to prevail.
“We just went out and played hard like it was our last game,” Teson said. “As of now, every game for us is like our last game, so that’s how we look at it.”
The night ended up being much more than just another win in the win column for Teson and the Pirates as Teson’s game-winning bucket in the second overtime allowed him to to break the St. Charles High School career scoring record.
Teson, who scored 35 points on the night, moved ahead of DeWayne Bond on the school all-time scoring list. Teson broke Bond’s record of 1,754 points set in 1959 moving into first place on the school’s all time career scoring list with 1,756 points.
“I don’t even know how many points I had tonight but to do that it’s exciting,” Teson said.
There were plenty of big shots hit by both clubs in the first half of play as Teson fired in three-three pointers in just under two minutes late int he first quarter to push St. Charles (22-4) to an 18-11 lead. Teson got some timely help from Joshn Roglon and Raheem Alexander as well as Roglong an Alexander chipped in 19 and 13 points.
St. Charles still led by seven in the second quarter but Fort Zumwalt South (21-3) came roaring back with a 9-4 run keyed by baskets from standouts Preston Whitfield and Marshawn Blackmon. Blackmon’s bucket at 2:11 of the second quarter pushed the Bulldogs ahead 36-34.
Despite Whitfield and Blackmon getting three fouls just before the half, Whitfield kept Zumwalt South in the game with a big 23-point output in the opening half.
The senior guard finished the grueling night with a phenomenal game-high 47-point performance that left the near capacity crowd buzzing and begging for more.
Like a heavyweight fight, the teams continued to trade play and shot after big play and shot.
A Blackmon steal and thunderous left-hand jam gave the Bulldogs a 77-73 lead with 2:11 to go. Val Addison wiped that away with a free-throw that tied it 77-77 with 1:55 left.
South led by two with 7.4 seconds left in regulation but a Roglon tip-in at the buzzer force overtime with an 85-85 standoff.
Blackmon, who is headed to Eastern Illinois this fall, fouled out in the first overtime and the contest moved into extra session number stalemated at 92 apiece. Blackmon finished the night with 24 points.
Then in the second overtime, Teson off a double-team trap stripped Drake Whaley of the ball and finished on the back end with a bucket to make it 98-97 with 5.6 seconds left.
Raheem Alexander added a free-throw in the final two seconds and Whitfield’s three-quarter court heave at the buzzer was just wide left of the basket as the Bulldogs came up painfully short.
“Zumwalt South’s a really, really good team,” St. Charles coach Rick Foster said. “That was a really, really good win. Us coming out and playing that hard, competing and making shots and being in a positive spirit, that’s a huge deal going forward for us for districts.
St. Charles begins play as the top seed in the Class 4, District 7 playoffs next Tuesday. Fort Zumwalt South starts play in the Class 5, District 5 playoffs next Tuesday as well. Zumwalt South holds the number one seed in that district.