Boys Basketball: Providence gets past Lindblom
By Chris Walker For Sun-Times Media December 26, 2013 8:48PM
Lindblom's Mike Charles,left, and Providence's Jake Rost dive for a loose ball Thursday December 26, 2013 at York boys basketball tournament in Elmhurst. | James C. Svehla/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 28, 2014 6:31AM
Clinging to a 36-34 lead with under a minute left, Providence’s Tyler Pygon chose to take matters into his own hands.
Pygon converted a three-point play on a drive to the hoop with 54 seconds left and the Celtics survived Lindblom 45-38 a first-round game Thursday at York’s Jack Tosh Holiday Classic.
“Miles (Boykin) was in the corner, and instead of his guy helping on me, he went back to him,” Pygon said. “That gave me a wide-open lane, and I just took advantage of it.”
Lindblom (4-6) led 18-17 at halftime, but the Celtics rallied in the third-quarter to pull ahead 30-21. They appeared ready to put the Eagles to rest, but Jordan Stewart swished a second-chance three-pointer to pull Lindblom to within 30-24.
The Eagles got as close at 31-30 on Chris Edomwande’s driving lay-in with 6:20 left but never any closer.
“Providence is a good team and moved the ball well,” Lindblom coach Zach Linderman said. “We didn’t play with any type of intensity, though. I was disappointed with how we competed. We had a couple of big conference wins before Christmas, but didn’t come out with the effort we needed on this stage.”
Providence (5-5) won despite a particularly off-night from beyond the three-point arc (1-of-11) and from the free-throw line (14-of-25). Lindblom committed 19 turnovers, the Celtics 16.
Lindblom made just 15-of-50 shots (30 percent) from the field and just 4-of-8 free throws.
“(We’re) a good shooting team and normally we’re something like 5-of-11 on three-pointers and better on free throws too,” Celtics coach Tim Trendel said. “But with Christmas, everyone had been up eating and stuff like that. But you also have to give them (Lindblom) credit. They play hard and get to the rim.”
No Celtic reached double digits in points. Pygon and Boykin each had eight points and Jake Rost added seven. Boykin had a game-high 10 rebounds.