Boys Basketball: Lockport eliminates Joliet West
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media March 3, 2014 10:20PM
Updated: April 5, 2014 6:21AM
Promoted to the Lockport varsity for the Pontiac Tournament, Tyrail Trussell was a big reason the Porters won their first game in the state tournament.
The sophomore forward scored a game-high 20 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, in Lockport’s 57-43 quarterfinal win Monday night over Joliet West in the Class 4A Lincoln-Way Central Regional.
“I just had to play my game and do what my coaches told me to do all year long, attack and stay under control,’’ Trussell said.
Trussell provided an emotional boost with a three-pointer at the end of the opening period, then helped seal the victory by making 6-of-7 free throws in the final quarter.
“I work on them (free throws) all the time, because I know that’s a big part of my game,’’ Trussell said. “Kids are going to foul me because I’m always attacking.’’
Grover Anderson had 16 points and John Campbell contributed 12 points and 12 rebounds for Lockport (13-14), which faces Thornton in Tuesday’s semifinal.
Lockport lost its first regional game the previous two seasons.
“This time we just had to make sure we got it done, did what we had to do,’’ said Anderson, who had a third-quarter surge of eight points.
Lockport led 21-16 at halftime and 35-27 going into the final period.
Campbell hit two free throws to give the Porters a 43-33 lead midway through the fourth quarter. After a Joliet West turnover, Trussell scored on a layup to put the Porters ahead 45-33, their largest lead to that point.
“It was just getting the guys to understand what we had talked about in practice, how we play inside-out and taking our time,’’ Lockport coach Lawrence Thompson Jr. said.
Allias Roberts-Burnett led Joliet West (9-15) with 13 points. Elliott Fizer had seven points.