Boys Basketball: Tinley Park wears out Lincoln-Way North
By Pat Disabato firstname.lastname@example.org January 3, 2014 9:36PM
Billy Johnson, of Tinley Park, takes an outside shot against Lincoln-Way North at Tinley Park, Friday, January 4th, 2013, in Tinley Park| Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 6, 2014 6:34AM
Tinley Park is hoping the new year brings more success.
The Titans started 2014 in impressive fashion Friday night, registering a 77-51 victory over visiting Lincoln-Way North.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for Tinley Park, which improved to 4-8. North fell to 3-7.
“We wanted to come out with a fresh start,” Tinley Park’s Olufemi Elutilo said. “We still have confidence. We know we can be a very good team if we play hard. Everyone contributed (Friday); everyone had a good game.”
Elutilo led the way for Tinley Park, scoring a team-high 20 points, including 11 in the first quarter. Kelvin Dorsey added 13 points, Tyrone VanOsten had 12 off the bench and Tremayne Hollis had nine. In all, 11 different players scored for the Titans.
“Sometimes it’s feast or famine with us,” Tinley Park coach D.J. Brown said. When we’re getting steals like (Friday), our defense is our best offense.”
Tinley Park’s fullcourt pressure created a whopping 16 turnovers in the first half, which resulted in a 42-32 lead.
A steal and dunk by Onteral Woodson to start the third quarter brought the Phoenix to within 42-34. That’s as close as North would get the rest of the night.
By the time Corey Doss converted a layup off a sweet between-the-legs pass by Cory Stanback, the Titans’ lead had swelled to 57-36 late in the third.
Tinley Park’s uptempo pace and depth were too much for the Phoenix to overcome. The Titans’ bench outscored North’s by a 25-5 margin.
“We need bodies the way we want to play,” Brown said. “We inserted Deangelo Kelly into the (starting) lineup to get the ball up the floor more and to keep Dorsey’s legs fresh. We’re telling the kids that we’re working toward February and March. Keep working hard. We’re getting better.”
The Phoenix couldn’t ask for a better start to the game. Spencer Town and J.T. Limon buried three-pointers for a 6-0 lead.
The Titans countered with a 15-2 run to grab a 15-8 advantage. North played catch-up, with little success, the rest of the night.
Woodson led the Phoenix with 22 points, followed by Limon (11 points) and Steve Pfister (10).
North converted just 18-of-45 field-goal attempts. Tinley finished 32-of-67.
“Our defense played really well,” Elutilo said. “We have to rely on our defense to win games. Our fullcourt pressure got us a lot of steals. We played as a team.”