Boys Basketball: Morgan Park recovers to rattle Brooks
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media January 9, 2014 10:00PM
Updated: February 11, 2014 6:29AM
Coming out flat against a team it beat by 49 points last month, Morgan Park needed a spark Thursday night against Brooks.
Lamont Walker provided it on both ends.
Walker scored 12 of his 19 points in the second quarter to help the visiting Mustangs, down as many as eight points early, take a 37-27 halftime lead en route to a 74-52 Red South win.
“Me getting dunked on (by Stephon Jenkins in the first quarter) really motivated me,” Walker said. “It kind of got the whole team going.”
Walker sparked the 25-point second quarter for the Mustangs (11-2, 5-1), quickly scoring off his own steal, draining a three-pointer and converting a three-point play. He had three steals in the period as the Mustangs turned turnovers into easy points.
Brooks (7-7, 0-5) did a good job against Morgan Park guards Kain Harris (6 points) and Charlie Moore (1 point, 4 assists), but could not deal with the Mustangs’ size and length inside.
Walker, Josh Cunningham (18 points, 8 rebounds), Alonzo Chatman (10 points, 8 rebounds) and Lamous Brown (4 points, 9 rebounds) dominated the paint.
“That’s one thing with us,” Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin said. “There’s always going to be somebody. If our guards have an off day, Lamont and Josh are going to step up for us.”
Clifton Lloyd had a game-high 25 points for Brooks. Jenkins finished with 10 points.
The Eagles jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the opening four minutes behind seven points by Lloyd and five by Jenkins, including the thunderous dunk over Walker that led to a three-point play.
Morgan Park, though, got to within 14-12 by the end of the first before pulling away in the second quarter.
Cunningham made sure there’d be no late comeback, scoring eight fourth-quarter points.
“I think we kind of played down to their level at the start,” Cunningham said. “We had to start playing our game. When our guards have off nights, me and Lamont are used to stepping up. We’re prepared for it.”
Darien Walker had seven points and five rebounds for Brooks.