Similar to recent comeback victories over Hinsdale South and Hinsdale Central, the Lyons Township boys basketball team conjured up more late-game magic in its 62-61 win over Proviso West on Friday.

Trailing the host Panthers 61-54, Lyons seniors Nick Zeisloft and Eric Powers collaborated on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 61-all in the closing minute of the game. After Zeisloft missed a three-pointer with less than 10 seconds remaining, Proviso West rebounded the ball but had it stolen by LT guard Mark Sewall off a deflected pass. Sewall was promptly fouled.

With 1.8 seconds on the clock, he made his first free throw to put the Lions up 62-61, but unintentionally missed the second attempt. A last second scramble worked out well for LT when 6-foot-4 senior guard Spencer Mahoney grabbed the rebound off the missed free throw to run out the clock.

Powers paced LT with 20 points and Zeisloft added 18 points. Ryan Woods (18 points) and Nick Dixon (13 points) led the Panthers (16-9, 8-4). Earlier this season, the LT edged Proviso West 62-58 in La Grange.

The victory gave the Lions (23-2, 12-0) their second straight West Suburban (Silver) Conference championship and first undefeated record in conference since the mid-1990s.

“We’re proud of winning conference especially with an undefeated record,” said LT coach Tom Sloan. “I don’t think any [LT] team has gone through conference without a loss since 1994 or 1995. These guys make my job easy as a coach because they are such good, unselfish players.”

Against Proviso West, the Lions took control early by jumping out to a 17-9 lead after one quarter. The Panthers methodically gained momentum and eventually went ahead 46-44 in the third quarter. Proviso West built its advantage to 10 points midway through the fourth quarter before LT staged its comeback.

Lyons begins postseason play against the winner of DuSable vs. St. Laurence tonight (Wednesday, March 2, 6 p.m.) at the Class 4A Brother Rice Regional. If LT wins, the Lions advance to Friday’s 7:30 p.m. regional championship game against the winner of host Brother Rice versus Reavis.

Following top-seeded Simeon in the Argo Sectional, the Lions are seeded No. 2. Per usual, Simeon is loaded with college basketball prospects, most notably sophomore Jabari Parker.

“We’re really excited for the playoffs,” Powers said. “We’re going to take it a game at a time, but our ultimate goal is to try to win a state championship.”