Boys Basketball: T.F. South clips Oak Forest
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media February 18, 2014 9:12PM
Updated: February 19, 2014 2:19AM
It hasn’t been accomplished at T.F. South since 1963.
That “it” is winning at least a share of a conference title in boys basketball.
Tuesday night in Lansing, the Rebels moved one step closer to making history with a 62-53 South Suburban Blue win over Oak Forest (18-5, 8-3), which was tied for second with the Rebels (12-11, 9-2) entering the contest.
League-leading Hillcrest has one loss, and if it wins out, combined with a win Friday by the Rebels over Lemont, the two teams will play for the conference title Feb. 28.
“I think it’s a tremendous opportunity,” T.F. South coach John O’Rourke said. “I think our guys are looking forward to this. They played a complete game (Feb. 11) against T.F. North and did the same (Tuesday). We are playing good team basketball.”
Against Oak Forest, Donald Stone led the way for South with 18 points, including one flashy reverse dunk late in the fourth quarter. Jamahre Baker had 13 points in a reserve role. Normally a starter Baker, came off the bench after of a college visit Monday forced him to miss practice. Ronald Ryan added 10 points, including two three-pointers.
Ka-Ton Mays had four of his eight points late in the fourth with two of the Rebels’ three dunks.
“We can have a little fun on the court but we have to stay focused because we have a goal to attend to,” Stone said. “We finally beat (Oak Forest) and now we (still) have a chance at the conference championship.”
The Bengals went ahead 28-27 with 1:13 left in the second quarter on a basket by Jason Roland (10 points). They increased that lead to 33-27 in the third on a three by Tom Shute (10 points) and a jumper by David Gray (10). Kyle Flanagan led the Bengals with 16 points.
Three-pointers by Ryan and Baker sparked a 10-0 run for a 37-33 lead and the Rebels never would look back. The Bengals got no closer than four points in the final quarter.
“Our guys are determined. They are competitors,” O’Rourke said. “They are showing a ton of heart and they are playing team basketball and not getting rattled.”