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Boys Basketball: Joliet Central nips Lincoln-Way Central

Lincoln-Way Central's Brad Bass (2) Joliet Central's TavWhite (34) reach for rebound during Friday night's game between Lincoln-Way Central Joliet

Lincoln-Way Central's Brad Bass (2) and Joliet Central's Tavon White (34) reach for a rebound during Friday night's game between Lincoln-Way Central and Joliet Central High Schools. | Paul Bergstrom ~ For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 10, 2013 6:22AM



Joliet Central guard Jonah Coble scored 13 points, including the game-winning free throws, as the Steelmen beat host Lincoln-Way Central 42-40 on Friday night in a SouthWest Suburban Blue contest.

Coble set up his game-winning foul shots with roughly 10 seconds to play, stealing the ball near the midcourt line and driving down the court and through the lane. Coble took a shot, but missed and was fouled. He made both free throws with 8.4 seconds to play.

“I saw where (the Lincoln-Way Central player) was going to make the pass and I saw him make eye contact for the pass, so I just went in and made the steal,” Coble said. “I went for the layup and got fouled.”

A last-ditch three-point shot by Lincoln-Way Central’s Joe Newtoff’s was off target as time expired.

“I saw when the buzzer went off, the ball was still in his hands, so I thought they weren’t going to count it even if it did go in,” Coble said.

Using a sophomore-heavy lineup, Joliet Central (5-3, 2-1) was down 14-5 at the end of the first quarter. The Steelmen managed to regroup and trailed the Knights 24-21 at halftime.

Joliet Central coach Jeff Corcoran had to bring up five sophomores — Ternell Jordan, Othello French, Kenyon Woodfork, Kewon Ware and Jerry Gillespie — because eight players were benched for disciplinary reasons.

Four Joliet Central starters — Coble, Markel Ellis, Jalen Heath and Eddie McElrath — violated a team rule during the week and sat out the first half. Ellis, though, sat out the entire game.

Heath returned first, at the 3:32 mark of the third quarter, followed by Coble with 2:26 remaining in the quarter. McElrath came in to start the fourth.

Lincoln-Way Central (2-5, 0-2) was led by Brad Bass (14 points) and Newtoff (10 points).



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