Boys Basketball: St. Joseph routs Lincoln-Way North; Bogan bounces T.F. South
BY PATRICK Z. McGAVIN For Sun-Times Media January 12, 2014 10:10PM
St. Joseph is agile and quick and the Chargers like to glide on the floor. Sometimes their manner is a little too casual.
Lincoln-Way North certainly captured the Chargers’ attention after the Phoenix ripped off a 10-0 run on Sunday.
St. Joseph star junior guard Jordan Ash took charge from there. He scored eight points as St. Joseph answered the Phoenix with a 16-0 burst that extended into the start of the second quarter.
Playing just three quarters, Ash drilled three three-pointers and scored 15 of his game-high 24 points in the first half as the No. 11 Chargers raced the past Phoenix 72-47 in the Bob Hambric Shootout at T.F. North in Calumet City on Sunday.
“We can’t start off slowly like that because it’s going to come back to haunt us,” Ash said. “We came together as a group and started playing defense and getting out on the fast break and that got us going.”
Ash scored his points in bursts, including a stretch late in the second quarter where he scored three straight baskets. He showed a more diversified game, throwing down two dunks and hitting the outside jumper.
He drilled a three-pointer and scored on his own putback to propel the Chargers (13-2) to a 34-22 lead at the break. Ash said he worked very hard to expand his game. Last year as a sophomore he was primarily a jump shooter.
Ash scored seven points during a 17-7 third quarter run that put the game out of reach for the Chargers.
“I never want to stay the same,” he said. “I always want to improve at everything. Today, I hit a couple of threes and then guys started running out to me, and I want to be able to make one dribble, two dribbles and hit the pull up.
“I worked very hard to get better off the dribble.” Ash drilled a three-pointer at the third quarter buzzer for the Chargers’ 58-36 lead.
Rapidly improving 6-9 sophomore center Nick Rakocevic also continued to impress for the Chargers. He posted a double-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. He scored 12 points in the second half.
“My teammates did a nice job of getting me the ball,” he said. “I was just trying to get offensive rebounds and put them back in. My teammates gave me great looks, they penetrated the lanes and just kicked them out to me or I had easy layups.”
Junior point guard Glynn Watson was also sharp in his all-around game. He scored nine points and distributed a team-best six assists and added four rebounds and three steals. Sophomore forward Joffery Brown scored eight points.
Senior guard J.T. Limon hit three three-pointers and scored a team-best 15 points for the Phoenix (3-10). Junior guard Onteral Woodson contributed 12 points and sophomore guard Jermy Toussaint added 11 points.
Bogan 76, T.F. South 48: The Rebels fell to 7-9 with the loss to the Bengals (15-2) in the Bob Hambric Shootout. Luwane Pipkins scored a school-record 40 points for Bogan.