Boys Basketball: Thornton has right stuff against Stagg
By Ron Brow For Sun-Times Media December 14, 2012 11:58PM
Updated: January 17, 2013 6:35AM
Thornton’s dominating performance Friday night brought back memories for Wildcats coach Troy Jackson.
“I told the kids after the game that their performance tonight reminded me of some of the old Thornton games,” Jackson said. “We came out and played as well as we have all season.”
Stagg had to witness the performance firsthand as Thornton (3-4) improved to 3-0 in SouthWest Suburban Red play with an 82-58 victory over the Chargers (8-2, 1-2) in Harvey.
“I’m embarrassed,” Stagg coach John Daniels said. “Thornton played a great game and we didn’t. We didn’t guard well and we didn’t play offense very well. We’re going to go back to practice and work on fundamentals and try to find what our identity is.”
Thornton hit 12-of-27 three-point attempts and 29-of-53 from the field. Justin Taylor led the Wildcats with 25 points, including three three-pointers, and Da’Marques Turner added 20, including four three-pointers. D’Andre Parker had 15 points, including four three-pointers.
“That’s as good as we’ve played this year,” Taylor said. “We worked the ball really well and got a lot of open shots. We owed it to coach after practice (Thursday).”
Thornton never trailed, taking a 3-0 lead just 13 seconds into the game on a three-pointer from Turner. A 10-0 run in the middle of the quarter allowed the Wildcats to go in front 16-6 and they led 22-15 at the break.
Sean Dwyer, who was sick Tuesday and played just six minutes and didn’t start Friday, scored eight points in the final 3:02 to keep Stagg in the game.
The Chargers got to within 25-21 with 6:02 left in the second quarter before Thornton, with Parker hitting two three-pointers and Taylor adding one, went on a 19-4 run for a 44-25 halftime lead.
“We’ve got a lot of good shooters,” Taylor said. “They were kind of sagging back on defense and we got a lot of open shots. We’ve got a young team and we’re starting to play better every game.”
Taylor won’t get any argument from his coach.
“They went out there and just played tonight,” Jackson said. “I didn’t expect the game to be one-sided like this. Everything seemed to be working tonight.”
Dwyer finished with 14 points and Max Strus had 11 for Stagg.