Turkey Valley’s Levi Izer (above) looks up court after making a steal with 25 seconds left in regulation while teammate Will Einwalter (below) chases down a loose ball during Turkey Valley’s Upper Iowa Conference game against Central.

Overtime thriller!

Trojans claim UIC title with OT win

Everyone has different ways of relaxing.

Take Turkey Valley’s Levi Izer. He relaxed a little during the Trojans’ game against Central Tuesday after making two free throws with 24.5 seconds left in overtime, then relaxed a little more when he knocked down another pair with 11.2 seconds left, giving the Trojans a 57-52 lead.

That first time to the line was a 1-and-1 situation, and at the time Turkey Valley had a tentative 53-50 lead.

“I just kept thinking ‘please hit them,’” he said after the Trojans won 57-53 in the first overtime. “When I did, that was a big stress reliever. Some people were jumping up and down after the game, I was working on that....”

It was the second time this season the Trojans beat the Warriors in overtime.

“Every time!” said Izer shaking his head. “Those guys put up a fight every time. We switched up our defense quite a bit and I think it confused them, threw them off a little.”

The win gave the Turkey Valley boys the Upper Iowa Conference championship, but you won’t find coach Chris Sullivan relaxing any time soon.

“We definitely want to go 13-0 in conference,” he said after his team went to 11-0 in the UIC and 13-3 overall.

Turkey Valley started the game slowly, even as Central was hitting their long shots, and the Trojans trailed 10-7 after a quarter.

--For the full story, please see the Jan. 26 Tribune.


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