Boys Basketball: Thornton too much for Lincoln-Way North
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media January 17, 2014 8:48PM
Updated: February 20, 2014 6:42AM
Thornton 65, Lincoln-Way North 46
The difference in quickness and ballhandling was evident from the start as Thornton’s fullcourt pressure resulted in 14 first-half turnovers by host Lincoln-Way North. Thornton guards Leslie Wilson, D’Quan Applewhite and Da’Marques Turner were relentless with their pressure.
Leading 13-6 after the first quarter, Thornton (10-4, 4-1 SouthWest Suburban Red) went on a 17-2 outburst to go ahead 30-8 with 4:36 still left in the first half. Justin Taylor was unstoppable in the second quarter with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Playing just three quarters, the mobile 6-foot-6 Taylor finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
BY THE NUMBERS
Thornton led 38-17 at halftime after outscoring North 25-11 in the second quarter. Wilson and Jamani Pierce both finished with 10 points. Pierce also contributed six rebounds. J.T. Limon had 17 points for North (3-11, 1-4).
“Our pressure, that’s what we practice. We play a lot of five-on-four, four guys on defense against five. Then we put them up against five guys, and it shows. Our guards are the epitome of our defense.’’ — Thornton coach Troy Jackson