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Boys Basketball: Lockport bows to West Aurora

Lockport's Mantas Tamasauskis shoots against West Aurora. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media

Lockport's Mantas Tamasauskis shoots against West Aurora. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 29, 2013 6:43AM



PONTIAC — It’s no secret Lockport’s talent level this season is a few levels below the program’s usual levels.

But the effort has been there, and Porters coach Lawrence Thompson Jr. has managed to keep scores tight against some of the Chicago area’s best teams: T.F. North, Benet and Providence. Lockport even knocked off a talented Bolingbrook squad.

Things weren’t pretty Thursday in the first round of the Pontiac Holiday Tournament. Lockport fell behind early and fell 69-22 to West Aurora.

“I thought we were intimidated by (West Aurora’s) physical play,” Thompson said. “You have to have patience when you are overmatched like that, and we didn’t.”

West Aurora’s Josh McAuley set the tone early, blocking five shots in the first quarter. McAuley finished with seven blocks in 17 minutes. He scored 15 points and was 7-of-10 from the field.

“I’m a defensive player,” McAuley said. “I just tried to go after the ball.”

The game got out of hand early, with McAuley’s swats helping West Aurora to a 17-4 lead after one quarter.

Jontrel Walker scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed nine boards for the Blackhawks (8-1). Roland Griffin added 11 points and four rebounds.

“We’ve got very good chemistry this year,” Walker said. “We’re just like brothers off the court and I think that’s showing on the court.”

Grover Anderson led the Porters (4-8) with six points. Lockport shot just 10-of-44 from the field.

West Aurora will face St. Charles North in the Friday’s quarterfinals. Lockport will play Waukegan in the consolation bracket.



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