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Boys Basketball: Andrew drops Stagg from unbeaten ranks

Andrew's Luke Hook (22) drives hoop against Stagg's John Sinclair (5) during their basketball game Palos Hills Friday December 7

Andrew's Luke Hook (22) drives to the hoop against Stagg's John Sinclair (5) during their basketball game in Palos Hills Friday, December 7, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 10, 2013 6:23AM



Andrew was “extra prepared” for Friday night’s SouthWest Suburban Red battle against host and undefeated Stagg.

“We practiced our hardest this week. We did all of their favorite plays probably about 100 times,” forward Jarvion Franklin said after the Thunderbolts emerged with a 66-56 victory.

Franklin (17 points), Jubril Adekoya (19 points, 16 rebounds) and Luke Hook (16 points) all starred as Andrew improved to 2-4, 1-1.

Kevin White had 18 points and Sean Dwyer 17 for No. 8 Stagg (7-1, 1-1).

The Thunderbolts used a physical man-to-man defense to cause havoc for the usually steady-shooting Chargers and build an early lead. They also were able to work from the outside against Stagg’s zone defenses to hit six three-pointers.

Perhaps most important, the duo of Hook and Franklin augmented well the 6-foot-7 Adekoya.

“We try to take the pressure off of him,” Franklin said. “I know he’s always hungry for a basket, but he’s such an unselfish player; if there are two guys on him he’ll dish it out, even though he could take it in.”

Andrew trailed just once, at 6-4 after Mike Scatena converted a putback for Stagg. The T-bolts closed the period with a 7-0 run, capped by a three-pointer from the right corner by Adebayo.

The run was extended to 16-0 at the outset of the second period, during which time Stagg guard Max Strus went to the bench with foul trouble and the Chargers committed four turnovers.

Dwyer finally breathed some life into Stagg, scoring six points over the final four minutes of the second period as the Chargers were able to slice a 26-10 deficit to 30-22 at intermission.

“I thought Sean played a great game,” Chargers coach John Daniels said. “They chased him and they were physical with him, but we tried to feed him as much as we could because he was our hot hand. Kevin responded well to the style of play, too. He played better at the point as the game went on.”

The closest Stagg would get in the second half was at 47-43 with 4:49 remaining in the fourth period. Mike Grenda responded with a three-pointer for Andrew.

The T-bolts bent, but didn’t break.

“The loss puts into perspective what we need to get better at,” Daniels said.



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