Double overtime. Battle of Pulaski. Brother Rice vs. Marist. Nick Niego takes 3-point shot heard around the South Side: ‘It was crazy.’

Marist's Owen Winter (15) and Dillon Gray (1) look on as Brother Rice's Nick Niego goes in for a layup during a nonconference game in Chicago on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022.
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Nick Niego understood the importance of Tuesday night’s game.

The junior guard grew up wanting to play for Brother Rice. He knew about the Crusaders’ heated rivalry with Marist in “The Battle of Pulaski.”

He had watched his older brothers take on the RedHawks while they played for Brother Rice, and he waited a long time to get a shot of his own.

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Casey Drottar is a Freelance Sports Reporter for The Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune and Shaw Media. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook


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