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Boys Basketball: Robinson, Lockport get past Romeoville

Lockport's John Campbell (5) rushes through Romeoville's defense including Jimmy Mo(33) Anthony Love (34) during Monday nights game between Lockport

Lockport's John Campbell (5) rushes through Romeoville's defense including Jimmy Moon (33) and Anthony Love (34) during Monday nights game between Lockport and Romeoville high schools . | Paul Bergstrom ~ For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 21, 2012 6:29AM



Lockport senior David Robinson couldn’t wait for the new basketball season.

The 6-foot-6 senior forward missed the last several games last season with a broken foot. He was missed.

But that was then. Robinson got things rolling in the proper direction Monday night, scoring 20 points on 10-of-13 shooting to power the Porters to a 49-34 victory over Romeoville in the opening round of the WJOL Thanksgiving Tournament at the University of St. Francis’ Patrick J. Sullivan Recreation Center.

“I felt bad last year when I got hurt,” Robinson said. “I wanted to be out there helping the team.

“But this was a good start for this year. It was important that we came out and got good shots. Last year, we shot a lot more threes than we wanted.”

Porters coach Larry Thompson noted a figure on the stats sheet.

“Two-for-eight on threes, 25 percent,” he said. “That’s how we usually shoot them. That’s why I tell the guys we shouldn’t be settling for them.”

Getting the ball inside to the ambidextrous Robinson was a wise alternative. Romeoville was without an answer.

“We were worried about playing man against Robinson so we tried our zone and tried to trap but he still hurt us,” Romeoville coach Jeff Bambule said.

Thompson said Robinson has been working with Lockport assistant coach John Greenan “on not using brute force but skill. That showed tonight.”

The Porters jumped out to a 7-0 lead and were up 17-4 after one quarter. Romeoville, which received 18 points from Jimmy Moon, tried to hustle its way back but never really threatened.

“I was pleased that we showed flashes of being able to take care of the basketball,” Thompson said. “I was worried about the kids playing too fast, but we were able to get the 7-0 lead against their trap because of patience. We shared the ball, and we also did a nice job taking advantage of our size.”

Derrick Lockhart scored seven points, Dontas Ruzys six and John Campbell had four steals for Lockport (1-0), which shot 56.8 percent (21-of-37). Romeoville (0-1) was limited to .324 shooting (11-of-34).

“We have some guys not as athletic and some who are more athletic but struggling with their assignments,” Bambule said. “It’s a work in progress. I honestly don’t know yet who should be playing aside from a couple guys. But it’s a group that works hard and has a positive attitude.”

“Coach Bambule’s teams never quit,” Thompson said.

Joliet Central 54, Plainfield Central 37: Jalen Heath was 3-of-5 on three-pointers, scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Eddie McElrath added 12 points and five assists for the Steelmen (1-0). Logan Velasquez led the Wildcats (0-1) with eight points.



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