Boys Basketball: Lamar Wofford-Humphrey leads Homewood-Flossmoor over Bolingbrook
By Dick Goss dgoss@stmedianetwork February 8, 2013 10:26PM
Homewood-Flossmoor's Jason Scott shoots over Bolingbrook's Prentiss Nixon. | Jean Lachat~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 11, 2013 6:33AM
Perhaps it was Senior Night.
Or maybe it was to make amends for showing up late.
Whatever the reason, Homewood-Flossmoor 6-foot-9 senior Lamar Wofford-Humphrey was a new man Friday night, scoring a career-best 20 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and leading a late surge as the No. 6 Vikings finally broke away from pesky SouthWest Suburban Blue foe Bolingbrook 70-59.
The Raiders had taken their last lead 57-56 with 4:27 to play when Wofford-Huphrey really got serious. He nailed a pair of 15-foot jumpers and followed that with his third dunk of the night and a tip-in to effectively end it.
“That’s the best Lamar has played since he has played here at H-F,” Vikings coach Jim McLaughlin said. “We knew he had the potential, but we took him out of the starting rotation about a week and a half ago to get him more focused. That kind of move can backfire, but this time it didn’t.”
McLaughlin said the big man probably would not have started anyway, but his being late sealed the deal.
“The guys fed off his energy when he came in off the bench,” McLaughlin said.
“I knew I was going against Ben Moore,” Wofford-Humphrey said of Bolingbrook’s 6-8 SMU recruit. “I had to raise my game to another level.”
Rashaan Surles and Marcus Willis scored 13 points each and Maurius Hill 12 for Homewood-Flossmoor (17-5, 10-1), which is closing in on the conference title.
Moore scored 17 and Prentiss Nixon 15 for Bolingbrook (16-7, 7-4).
Both teams lost players to injury. A midair collision with 6:46 left in the first quarter between Bolingbrook’s Kendall Guyton and H-F’s Thaddeus Little knocked out both players. Guyton was bleeding and was taken to the hospital when he was not feeling well at halftime. Little dislocated a toe that may be broken.
Moments after the collision, Guyton’s replacement, Josh Dillingham, exited with a sprained ankle, and he did not return.