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Boys Basketball: Homewood-Flossmoor falls in OT to Joliet Central

Tai Odiase Homewood-Flossmoor puts up shot against Joliet Central Homewood-Flossmoor Thursday February 13th 2014 Flossmoor.  |  Gary Middendorf~For

Tai Odiase, of Homewood-Flossmoor, puts up a shot against Joliet Central at Homewood-Flossmoor, Thursday, February 13th, 2014, in Flossmoor. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 15, 2014 6:33AM



Joliet Central’s Jonah Coble came out and scored eight consecutive points in the first 21/2 minutes against host Homewood-Flossmoor on Thursday.

“I had to call what, two timeouts in the first couple minutes of the game,” H-F coach Jim McLaughlin said. “We just weren’t focused to start the game. I don’t know what the problem was.”

The Vikings spent the rest of the game battling back, but eventually lost to the Steelmen 60-56 in overtime.

Coble scored only six points the rest of the game, but Joliet Central (15-8, 7-4 SouthWest Suburban Blue) seemed to drain three-pointers at every crucial point in the game.

“Our defense is what we hang our hat on,” McLaughlin said. “But we just had some lapses, especially right there at the end of regulation.”

Homewood-Flossmoor left Joliet Central senior Antoino Dyson open with 28 seconds to play in the fourth quarter and the 6-foot-4 forward drained a three that tied the game at 49.

“We needed this game for ourselves and for the seed,” said Dyson, who finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds. “We had to pay them back for beating us on our floor. This was a big win for the sectional.”

Dorian McCraney had a chance to win the game in regulation for the Vikings, but missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.

Homewood-Flossmoor jumped out to a 52-49 lead in overtime, but Dyson’s traditional three-point play tied the game. Coble then assisted on Jarvis Northington’s basket, giving the Steelmen the lead for good.

UIC recruit Tai Odiase led Homewood-Flossmoor (12-9, 8-3) with 16 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. Joliet Central doesn’t have a player taller than 6-4, so the athletic 6-8 center was a major concern.

“We just kept the ball out of his hands as much as we could,” Joliet senior Jason McNear said.

Jaylen Thompson came off the bench to score 10 for the Vikings, and Davon Smith and Destin Barnes each scored eight.

“You can’t win a close game if you get killed on the defensive glass like we did,” McLaughlin said. “The kids fought and clawed their way back into the game. I’m proud of that.”

McNear (13 points) drained three consecutive three-pointers in the third quarter. Coble led the Steelmen with 14 points.



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