‘Winning time’: Azyah Newson-Cole scores season-high 27 points as Lincoln-Way Central edges Sandburg in double OT for 1st regional title since 2008

Lincoln-Way Central players celebrate with the plaque after defeating Sandburg in the Class 4A Sandburg Regional championship game in Orland Park on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022.
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During the second half of the season, Lincoln-Way Central preached the importance of winning time — the moment of the game when the Knights need somebody to throw the team on their back and bring home a victory.

In Friday night’s double-overtime game against Sandburg, Azyah Newson-Cole stepped up in winning time.

“I know I’m one of the captains on this team,” Newson-Cole said. “I want the ball. I know if I’ve got to take the game over and get it done, then that’s what time it is.”

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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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