Boys Basketball: Lincoln-Way North trims Andrew
Looking for some separation in Friday’s nip-and-tuck game with Andrew, Lincoln-Way North coach John Terry had to ignore the advice of a coaching legend.
With the Phoenix leading by four with just over five minutes left in the game, Terry called a timeout and drew up a play for sharpshooter Denton Wallace, who responded by draining his fourth three-pointer of the night.
“We never practice, that play,” Terry said. “Bob Knight always says to never run a play you don’t practice but I just decided, ‘Hey, I like this play.’ The kids executed set plays all night.”
The trey finally gave North some separation, and it went on to a 57-50 win in a key SouthWest Suburban Red tilt in Frankfort.
Tre Lewis (14 points, 6 rebounds), Daryle Morgan (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Wallace (12 points) led the Phoenix (17-7, 9-2), which remained tied with Thornton atop the Red.
Glorind Lisha scored 14 points to pace Andrew (12-10, 7-4), which was playing without star Jubril Adekoya (ankle injury) for the third straight game.
In a game that featured 21 lead changes — 18 in the first half — the final one came courtesy of Lewis, who scored on consecutive drives to the basket to give North a 41-39 lead after three.
“In the second half we were able to drive and score or kick out,” Lewis said. “This was huge. I want to win a conference title my senior year.”
Morgan and Austin Olsen (7 rebounds) scored early in the fourth for North before Wallace’s three-point dagger.
“(Terry) drew up the play for me, Tre got me the ball and luckily, I knocked it down,” Wallace said.
Cody Murphy had nine points and 10 rebounds for North.
Jarvion Franklin (11 points, 7 rebounds) and Luke Hook (9 points, 5 rebounds) contributed for Andrew.
“I was very proud of the kids who played,” Andrew coach Mike O’Halloran said. “We played a good team and kept the game in jeopardy a long time.”