Lockport turns it around against Sandburg
By Randy Whalen For Sun-Times Media November 30, 2012 10:34PM
Lockport's Grover Anderson (3) gets around Sandburg's Karolis Vaicius (2) during Friday night's game between Carl Sandburg and Lockport Township High Schools. | Paul Bergstrom ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 3, 2013 6:27AM
Both Lockport and Sandburg were looking for improvement after coming off disappointing Thanksgiving tournament performances.
Lockport found it Friday night. The Porters jumped out early and led the whole way in a 47-31 victory in the SouthWest Suburban Blue opener for both teams in Orland Park.
David Robinson led the way with game-highs of 18 points and nine rebounds for the Porters (2-3).
Sandburg fell to 0-4.
“We had a week of practice and we just came out ready,” Robinson said. “We really wanted to come here and beat them after (not playing well) last week.”
Lockport led 21-13 at halftime.
Robinson hit a 15-footer early in the third quarter to start a 9-0 Porters run. He scored 10 points in the period, capping it with a three-pointer that put Lockport ahead 36-17 with 2:26 left.
The Porters led 38-21 after three quarters and coasted the rest of the way.
“We wanted to come back out in the third quarter the same way we started the game,” Robinson said. “We just tried to run through it and get open shots by setting screens and getting good looks.”
Coach Lawrence Thompson Jr. liked what he saw of the offense, especially in the third quarter when the Porters were 7-of-9 from the field.
“We had less dribbling and more ball movement,” he said. “I’m really proud of the way we started that third quarter. The kids played with confidence and much better as a team.”
John Campbell added 12 points and Derrick Lockhart had eight points for Lockport.
Sandburg was led by six points apiece from Niko Kogionis and Pat Przybylo.
The Eagles are hampered by not having their only returning starter, Malek Harris, for the first 11 games of the season because of a disciplinary reason.
“He’s our only guy who played a lot last year,” Sandburg coach Todd Allen said. “We’re young. We have three returning seniors but they didn’t see a lot of playing time. The start of the third quarter was a key. Robinson hit some big shots for them and he’s a nice player.”
Robinson’s rebound basket helped the Porters jump out to a 7-0 lead. Lockport led 9-1 after one quarter and 19-5 midway through the second period.
The Eagles closed the half on an 8-2 spurt, Ruben Valesco hitting a 30-footer at the buzzer to cut the lead to eight at the intermission.