Boys Basketball: H-F stifles Lincoln-Way Central
By Scott Ehling For Sun-Times Media January 18, 2013 11:20PM
Updated: February 21, 2013 6:32AM
Homewood-Flossmoor used stifling defensive pressure that translated into a 16-4 run over the first 5:05 in the third quarter to break open a tie game at the half and cruise to a 65-44 victory over host Lincoln-Way Central in a SouthWest Suburban Blue game Friday night.
H-F’s Lamar Wofford-Humphrey scored a game-high 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting (2-of-3 from three-point range), while Rashaan Surles and Jason Scott added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Brad Bass led Central with 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting (2-of-4 on three-pointers).
No. 8 H-F (12-4, 5-1) forced 19 turnovers and held Central to just 13 points in the second half.
“Usually when we bring some defensive intensity it equates to points on the board for us,” H-F coach Jim McLaughlin said.
Wofford-Humphrey’s basket off a steal gave the Vikings an 11-3 lead with 4:35 left in the first quarter.
Central (7-10, 0-5) battled back and took a 14-13 lead with 1:05 left after Joe Newtoff (6 points) connected on a three-pointer. Central led 17-15 after the first quarter.
The Knights led by as much as seven points mid-way through the second quarter before H-F came back and tied the score at 31 on a Wofford-Humphrey three-pointer with two seconds left in the half.
“We knew what they were going to do coming into the game,” Wofford-Humphrey said. “We just had to change up our defensive plan.”
H-F came out with high defensive energy to start the second half and it translated into several easy baskets, Surles’ bucket extending the lead to 39-31 with 6:05 left in the third quarter.
Central scored just seven points in the quarter, committing six turnovers, and trailed 56-38.
“I felt that with the fast pace early in the second half and their first eight points that we needed to slow it down and make good, sure passes and we didn’t,” Central coach Bob Curran said.