Romeo Magloire’s buzzer-beating layup caps a wild win for Niles West

Niles West 48, Glenbrook North 47


The Niles West boys basketball team (3-0) was down by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter against Glenbrook North (1-2), but a buzzer-beating layup by senior forward Romeo Magloire gave the Wolves the victory Wednesday in Skokie.


With 15 seconds remaining, Glenbrook junior forward Jan Siegien hit a 3-point jumper from the left corner to give the Spartans a 47-46 lead. Niles West advanced the ball without taking a timeout, and Magloire ended up with the ball on the left block. The buzzer sounded just moments after the ball left his hands.


Magloire finished with 10 points on the night, including the game-winner and a pair of free throws with 1:11 remaining to tie the score at 44-44. For the Spartans, Siegien finished with 21 points.


The Spartans scored just three points in the final four minutes of play. The Wolves got three steals leading to six points during the period as Glenbrook North tried to run out the clock.


“[Siegien] hits that shot … but our kids didn’t panic. We didn’t take a timeout, we just came down and played. … Fortunately that ball left [Magloire’s] hand— I looked up and saw two-tenths on the clock. It was close.” — Niles West coach Bob Williams


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Published by Jakub Rudnik

Chicago-area sportswriter. DePaul journalism professor. VP of content and SEO at Shortlister. Founder of