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Boys Basketball: Lockport falls to West Aurora

Lockport's Grover Anders(3) goes up for reverse layup against West Aurora's Tommy Koth (22) CarletWilliams (54). | Sean King /

Lockport's Grover Anderson (3) goes up for a reverse layup against West Aurora's Tommy Koth (22) and Carleton Williams (54). | Sean King / For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 20, 2014 6:51AM



Lockport came up against a West Aurora squad playing its game at a top level Saturday night.

Evidence of that was reflected in the Blackhawks’ hot shooting in the first half of the game.

West Aurora started out making nine of its first 10 shots and went on to shoot 73 percent from the floor in the first half on the way to easily downing the visiting Porters 67-46.

“That’s the best we shot all year,’’ Blackhawks coach Gordie Kerkman said. “But we have a good shooting team, and we are capable.’’

Jontrell Walker led West Aurora (12-3) in scoring with 25 points as his team jumped out to a 24-10 first quarter lead, but he was hardly a one-man show. Matt Dunn used his speed from the point to penetrate the middle and connect on several pull-up jumpers from inside the free throw line as he finished with 17 points. During the Blackhawks’ hot start, only one basket was made within layup range in the first quarter.

“This was the best shooting game for me this year,’’ Dunn said. “After I hit that first shot, I was feeling it.’’

Lockport was struggling from the field and was limited on most possessions to only one shot. Much of that was a result of the play of Roland Griffin. The 6-4 junior snagged eight of his 12 rebounds in the first half and finished with 13 points.

“Two years ago when we were here, we had the same kind of start,’’ Lockport coach Larry Thompson said. “We challenged the kids to compete in the second half, and I’m proud of the way they played in the second half.’’

Lockport (9-7) outscored West Aurora in the second half, but the game already was out of hand by that point. John Campbell and Grover Anderson each scored 11 for the Porters, and Ryan Reed came off the bench to contribute 10 points.



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