Boys Basketball: Homewood-Flossmoor spills Stagg
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media February 4, 2014 9:24PM
Homewood-Flossmoor's Tai Odiase is pressured by Stagg's Anthony Gardner during Tuesday night's game. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 6, 2014 6:49AM
Homewood-Flossmoor learned a lot from an 80-64 loss to Stagg exactly two months ago. What it learned it put to good use during its 46-31 SouthWest Suburban Blue road upset of Stagg on Tuesday night in Palos Hills.
H-F allowed one made basket in the first quarter and just eight for the game in running its records to 10-7 overall and 6-2 in the Blue. Stagg had a three-game win streak snapped, dropping to 15-6, 4-4.
The Vikings avenged a homecourt loss to the Chargers two months ago by hitting 12-of-15 free throws during an efficient offensive and their best defensive effort of the season.
“They annihilated us just about 60 days ago,” H-F coach James McLaughlin said. “We used that as motivation to try to get us out of the box right away. It was nice to see guys respond.”
“Our style worked last time and their style worked this time,” Stagg coach John Daniels said. “I thought they had a really good game plan. How many times do you see H-F go into a stall with six minutes to go in the game?”
H-F’s defense set the tone early, allowing just one made basket in taking a 13-4 lead after a quarter. Stagg turned the ball over eight times in the first eight minutes.
The tables turned in the second. The Chargers did not allow a basket while taking a 15-13 lead at the break. Tied at 18-all early in the third quarter, H-F outscored Stagg 28-13 the rest of the way.
An 11-3 spurt gave H-F a 29-20 lead on Terrance Bradley’s layup with 1:40 left in the third. After two free throws by Stagg’s Max Strus, H-F scored the next five points to take 34-22 lead after Tai Odiase’s bucket with 6:28 left in the game.
Odiase’s three-point play with 4:43 to play pushed the Vikings’ lead to 37-26. H-F played keepaway most of the rest of the quarter as Stagg could pull not closer than eight points the rest of the way.
“We’re trying to use our defense as a springboard for us,” McLaughlin said. “If we can defend like that and take care of the basketball, like we did tonight, good things are in our future.”
Bradley led the Vikings with 14 points in his first start of the season. Odiase chipped in 10 and Destin Barnes had eight. Strus was the lone Charger in double figures with 15 points.