Boys Basketball: Joliet Central changes up, defeats Lockport
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media January 31, 2014 9:32PM
Joliet Central’s Jerry Gillespie races by Lockport’s Ralph Blakney. | Jeff Vorva/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 3, 2014 5:37PM
Joliet Central 55, Lockport 52
Joliet Central hosted the game but wore visiting green Joliet East uniforms in honor of its former sister school, which closed in 1983. The Steelmen (12-7, 4-3) snapped a three-game losing streak by winning the SouthWest Suburban Blue game. Lockport (10-9, 4-3) had a chance to tie the game but John Campbell’s deep three-point attempt with two seconds left was short.
Joliet Central trailed 33-25 midway through the third quarter and went on a 15-0 run to take a lead it never relinquished.
Central guard Jonah Coble had 21 points in the game. At one point, he had 20 of Central’s first 38 points.
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Central scored just nine first-quarter points but increased to 12, 15 and 19 over the final three quarters, respectively.
“It was nice to have a different identity because we could forget about the problems that we had prior to this game. It’s a little different wearing the away jerseys on our home floor. We’ll try to get back to being Steelmen.”
— Central coach Jeff Corcoran, on his players wearing East uniforms.