Boys Basketball: Joliet West tops Lincoln-Way East
By Mike Fitzgerald For Sun-Times Media December 7, 2012 11:24PM
Updated: January 10, 2013 6:22AM
Carl Terrell sparked a 16-4 scoring run in the third quarter as Joliet West defeated host Lincoln-Way East 62-56 Friday night in SouthWest Suburban Blue tilt.
Terrell scored 10 of his 16 points in the game during the run as the Tigers (5-2, 1-1) turned a 26-23 lead with seven minutes to play in the third period into a 42-27 lead with 2:41 left.
The Griffins (4-2, 0-2) battled to within 58-53 with 52 seconds left in the fourth quarter but were unable to get any closer.
“We turned it up defensively,” Terrell said. “They (Tigers teammates) got me a couple of easy buckets, and I found my rhythm. I tried to get to the rim first and then start working my way out.”
Joliet West’s Brandon McCullum added 16 points and Morris Dunnigan 11.
“The run was all about pressure on the ball, our rotations and our rebounding,” Tigers coach Luke Yaklich said. “Our halfcourt defense is very strong. It was all about Joliet West playing hard for eight minutes. That made the difference in the game.”
East’s Eric Spudic scored a game-high 19 points.
“I thought they did a great job (during the run) of taking Eric out of the game,” Griffins coach Rich Kolimas said. “They denied him the ball. They did a great job of putting pressure on us. They sped us up.
“My expectations for Eric are so high. He is the key for us. Even with all the pressure on him, he was still able to knock down shots and make good decisions for us.”