Boys Basketball: Homewood-Flossmoor too much for Sandburg
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media January 11, 2013 11:12PM
Updated: February 14, 2013 6:36AM
Homewood-Flossmoor wasn’t going to stay down for long — not when Rashaan Surles controls the first quarter and Maurius Hill takes over the fourth.
Surles buried his first three shots from behind the three-point line and had his hand in 12 of H-F’s first 15 points as the No. 9 Vikings erased a three-game losing streak Friday in a 69-54 Southwest Suburban Blue conquest of visiting Sandburg.
“Honestly, I was just shooting the shots that came to me in the flow of the offense,” Surles, a 6-foot-4 guard, said of his first-quarter output. “My teammates were looking for me, and I hit the shots they created.”
Hill was held scoreless in the first half, but tied Surles with a team-high 13 points after netting 11 in the fourth quarter on a variety of face-ups and nifty post moves.
“Maurius Hill is an animal,” Surles said. “He is by far our hardest worker. We look up to him and follow his lead.”
Niko Kogionis led Sandburg (2-13, 1-4) with a game-high 21 points. Kogionis went 7-of-12 from behind the arc and kept the Eagles within striking distance despite 17 turnovers forced by H-F’s tenacious fullcourt press.
“We knew they didn’t have any great ballhandlers so we wanted to pressure them into turnovers,” Surles said.
“It’s tough for us in practice to stimulate (H-F’s) length, athleticism and quickness,” Sandburg coach Todd Allen said. “We’re nowhere near as athletic or as quick.”
H-F (11-3, 4-1) was balanced offensively with six of its players contributing at least eight points. Niko Cahue added 10 points for Sandburg while Malek Harris had eight. Harris was held scoreless in the first half and missed the final 5:40 of the third quarter after being called for his fourth foul.