Boys Basketball: Reavis clamps down on Argo
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media January 18, 2013 10:52PM
Reavis' Nick Bal (right) tries to drive past Argo's Dustin Krob during Friday night's game in Summit. | Jeff Vorva~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 21, 2013 6:33AM
There is something about the second quarter that makes the defense click for Reavis.
After giving up 24 points in the first frame Friday night to rival Argo, the Rams trailed by 13 but buckled down and allowed just two second-quarter points to cut the halftime lead to two and rolled the rest of the way en route to a 64-46 South Suburban Red victory in Summit.
It marked the fourth time this season the Rams held an opponent to two points in a quarter. They held Hancock, T.F. South and Tinley Park to two points — all in the second quarters of those victories.
“(Friday), Argo came out on fire,” Rams coach Jeffrey Smith said. “I told them if we weathered the storm we would be OK. We started to get stop after stop after stop. We started rebounding better. And we got back on defense better.”
Ed Puha had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Rams (13-5, 4-3). Nick Bal missed five of his first six shots from the floor, then hit five of his final six to finish with 19 points. He had 16 second-half points as the Rams outscored the Argonauts (3-5, 7-11) 40-20 over the final 16 minutes.
“If I make a bad play I just try to clear my mind and step up,” Bal said.
Argo was led by Ryan Krob’s 14 points. Jalyn Turner had 13 and Tyler Mitchell 12.
Since Argo’s 58-52 victory over Reavis on Dec. 28 in the third-place game of the large-school division of the Romeoville Christmas Classic, the two teams have gone in different directions.
Reavis recovered from that loss and now is on a five-game winning streak. Argo has sputtered with a 2-4 mark since beating the Rams.
“That first game was played at 1 in the afternoon and this was a completely different atmosphere,” Smith said. “We had three or four fan buses come in for this game. Our fans were great.”