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Boys Basketball: Lemont withstands Lincoln-Way North

Updated: January 5, 2014 6:33AM

Lemont’s long-range accuracy, combined with Lincoln-Way North’s ballhandling trouble in the opening quarter, led to lopsided numbers on the scoreboard.

Ahead by as many as 29 points in the first half, Lemont withstood a second-half rally that shrunk the advantage to nine and still came away with a 65-46 win Tuesday night at Lincoln-Way North.

“The first half we played about as well as we can play,’’ Lemont coach Rick Runaas said.

Five Lemont three-pointers and six North turnovers in the first quarter produced a 21-4 lead for the Indians. The advantage grew to 42-16 by halftime, with seven Lemont players in the scorebook.

Guard Mike Wisz scored 19 of his game-high 27 points in the first half, including a four-point play on the third of his four three-pointers that put Lemont (3-2) ahead 29-9.

“I was fortunate to come out shooting really well,’’ Wisz said. “Got everyone involved. It was just a great first half by the whole team.’’

It changed in the second half when North (1-3) opened the third quarter with a 7-0 run and closed the gap to 49-32 entering the final quarter.

North’s Spencer Town (8 points) made it interesting in the fourth quarter with two three-pointers and another basket to cut Lemont’s lead to 51-42 midway through the period.

“Most teams are going to make a run back, it’s just how you go back at them,’’ Wisz said. “That was scary for us when they had that big run, but you have to know how to keep your composure.’’

Ethan Chester scored five of his seven points in the fourth quarter and Spencer Nelson (7 points) was 4-of-4 from the line in the period. Rory Cunningham finished with nine points and five rebounds.

Lemont was 10-of-14 from the line in the final quarter.

“The fourth quarter we did some nice things in the last four minutes to seal the win, finally made some free throws, made a couple stops,’’ Runaas said.

Jeremy Toussaint led North with 10 points. Ben Coverick had nine points and five boards.

“We had the worst practice probably of my career Monday,’’ North coach John Terry said. “I told my kids ‘You practice like you play and you play like you practice.’ We came out in the first half, no intensity, no energy.

“If they would have played in the first half like they did the start of the second half, it’s a totally different game. We’ve got a lot of learning to do.’’

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