Boys Basketball: Lincoln-Way North ousts Minooka
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media February 27, 2013 10:32PM
Updated: April 1, 2013 11:51AM
Denton Wallace netted a team-high 16 points and buried the biggest shot of the fourth quarter as Lincoln-Way North survived Minooka 52-49 Wednesday night in a Class 4A Thornwood Regional semifinal.
After Minooka took its first lead of the game on a fourth-quarter lob assist from Perry Jones to Jason Hogen, Wallace responded by burying a three-pointer with five minutes remaining to give North a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
“That was one of the biggest shifts, if not the biggest shift of the game,” North coach John Terry said of Wallace’s three-pointer. “The hustle plays that Denton makes, everyone thinks he’s just a shooter, but he can play.”
Cody Murphy added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Daryle Morgan had 10 points for North (20-8). North advances to face Bloom at 7:30 p.m. Friday in its first trip to a regional title game.
The Phoenix led 13-9 after the first period and by eight at halftime, but Minooka responded behind the aggressive play of Hogen to trim the lead to 35-32 after three quarters.
Minooka was at its best with Hogen, the leading scorer in school history, attacking the rim and facilitating. The senior finished with a game-high 19 points and had a hand in 12 of 14 third-quarter points.
Darrin Myers scored 11 points and Joseph Butler added 10 points and six rebounds for the Indians (17-14).
“We were 2-for-14 from the three-point line and 9-of-17 from the free-throw line. For it to come down to a couple of possessions, I’m really proud of our guys,” Minooka coach Scott Tanaka said. “To shoot the ball that poorly and still have an opportunity to win that game is a credit to our players.”
Myers had a chance to tie the game, but his three-pointer at the buzzer was well short.