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Boys Basketball: Lockport bows to Joliet West

After numerous close calls this season, Joliet West was looking for a big win.

That’s exactly what the Tigers got Tuesday night. Allias Roberts-Burnett scored seven of his team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter as Joliet West held off host Lockport 54-50 in the SouthWest Suburban Blue.

“We’re always there, the difference was we just executed,” Roberts-Burnett said. “It was a huge win, we’ve just got to keep building off that.”

John Campbell scored a game-high 19 points and added 10 boards for Lockport (10-10, 4-4).

Joliet West (7-11, 2-6) led 21-16 at halftime and by as many as nine in the third quarter. The Porters came back and gained a 36-35 lead on a three-pointer from Gehrig Hollatz with 5:41 left in the game.

The Tigers, who gave up a late lead in a 66-61 loss Dec. 6 to Lockport, came right back and took the lead for good on two free throws by Jeff Washington. Roberts-Burnett added the first of his two layups in the quarter moments later for a 39-36 lead midway through the fourth.

“We’re happy with our guys,” West coach Nick DiForti said. “We executed the game plan. We’re a team that plays fast, but we wanted to pack it in against them and force them into outside shots.

“We wanted the ball in Allias’ hands at the end. He’s a heady player. This was a good win for the kids.”

Lockport trailed by six with a minute to play, but got to within 49-46 on a jumper by Ralph Blakney with 47 seconds left. Roberts-Burnett, however, hit a free throw with 30.7 seconds to go and drained two more from the line with 8.9 seconds left to give the Tigers a 54-48 advantage.

“I just took my time there,” Roberts-Burnett said of the free throws. “It was just confidence.”

D’Anthony Wright added 11 points for the Tigers. Grover Anderson chipped in 10 points for Lockport, which was 7-of-16 from the line.

“Early on we weren’t ready to take advantage of our opportunities,” said Lockport coach Lawrence Thompson, Jr., whose team led 9-5 with a minute to play in the first period before seeing the Tigers go on 14-2 burst. “Then we got in a lot of foul trouble, but that was self-induced. Joliet West would grind and push the ball off the dribble.”



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