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Boys Basketball: Oak Forest stings Lincoln-Way West

Updated: December 28, 2013 12:02AM

Oak Forest jumped to a 16-3 lead and coasted past Lincoln-Way West 77-50 on Friday night in a small-school semifinal at the Romeoville Christmas Classic.

Who saw that coming? Not Oak Forest coach Matt Manzke.

“We were not expecting this at all,” he said. “If we played them 10 times, this would happen once. We were clicking on all cylinders and they were off their game.”

Jason Roland scored all 12 of his points in the first 12 minutes on 5-of-5 shooting to ignite the romp. Armon Williams and 6-foot-9 center Kyle Flanagan led the Bengals (8-2) with 18 points apiece.

“We got the quick start because we turned defense into offense and got transition buckets,” Roland said. “We have a lot of ways we can score. They’re a very good team, but maybe we were more hungry, wanted it more.”

“They are really good,” Manzke said. “Our kids rose to the occasion with unselfish play. We moved the ball to the open man and he knocked down the shots, and on the defensive end, Armon Williams and Dylan Ross did a great job guarding No. 23 (Hayden Witt). They denied him the ball.”

Witt managed just six shots and eight points. Jon Marotta led the Warriors (5-3) with 11 points.

West trailed 21-7 after one quarter, 43-17 at halftime and 61-38 after three quarters.

“We got some good looks early on, but sometimes the shots don’t fall, and that helped keep their momentum building,” West coach John White said. “We knew they were a good team coming in, and the thing is, they’re better at what we’re good at.

“We’re really young, and in a weird way, this may be a good learning experience for our kids. They beat us plain and simple.”

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