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Boys Basketball: Lockport has surprise for Stagg

Updated: January 9, 2014 10:13PM



It was a gradual process for Lockport, a matter of grabbing a few more rebounds, working the ball around a little longer, getting inside.

While Stagg struggled, Lockport started strong Thursday night with a 16-point first quarter. The Porters added a 7-0 run to begin the second period for a 23-11 advantage and went on to a 51-41 SouthWest Suburban Blue road win.

“We wanted to come out and play with intensity,’’ Lockport forward John Campbell said. “I know in the match-up we were considered the underdog.’’

Stagg had won 12 of 15 and Lockport was .500 entering the game, numbers Stagg coach John Daniels wasn’t focused on afterward.

“They came onto our floor and they played harder, and they boxed out and they got loose balls,’’ Daniels said. “They made layups and attacked the rim. They wanted it. A lot of our kids have read their press clippings and think they can just show up and walk on the floor.’’

Lockport led 28-17 at halftime and 38-27 going into the fourth quarter before Stagg made a run with three-point shots to get to within 42-39 with 1:47 to play.

Stagg wouldn’t get any closer. Lockport made 9-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter, including two by Austin Zborek for a 44-39 lead and two each by Grover Anderson and Campbell in the last minute.

Anderson finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Campbell had 18 points.

“We tried to stay consistent on the boards,’’ Campbell said. “We know we’re undersized in the conference. We’ve got to block out and rebound more than other teams.’’

Lockport (7-6, 3-1) moved the ball around, found cutters going to the hoop and had bodies under the basket throughout the game.

“Our whole objective was to keep moving, get the best shot,’’ Anderson said.

“When Stagg changed their defense and started coming up and pressuring, that’s what we’re kind of used to,’’ Lockport coach Lawrence Thompson said. “We’ve been getting better at that and not turning it over.

“The way they played us at the start makes the kids have to think. We were shooting the ball well at the beginning.’’

Jeff Goral had 15 points and Max Strus 13 for Stagg (12-4, 2-2). Kevin White was held to nine points.

“We tried to challenge White the most,’’ Thompson said. “We were lucky enough he was a little off going to the bucket.’’

“We played better the second half, but both halves count, and our first half was embarrassing,’’ Daniels said.



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