Boys Basketball: Homewood-Flossmoor steamrolls Lockport
By Jeff Vorva For Sun-Times Media December 8, 2012 12:04AM
Lockport’s Ryan Reed defends Homewood-Flossmoor’s Jason Scott in front of Porters coach Lawrence Thompson during Friday night's game. | Jeff Vorva~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 10, 2013 6:40AM
Homewood-Flossmoor has not been known for its fast starts this young season, but the Vikings changed that Friday night.
H-F scored 25 of the game’s first 29 points and rolled to a 64-28 SouthWest Suburban Blue victory over Lockport in its home opener in Flossmoor.
Vikings guard Jason Scott had 11 of his 17 points during the 25-4 run.
“Jason’s nickname is ‘Juice’ and he really brought the juice to really get us going,’’ H-F coach Jim McLaughlin said.
“This was our best start of the year,” Scott said. “We weren’t taking this game lightly. Everyone was ready for this game. We were pumped up.”
The Vikings entered unbeaten through their first five games but had to sweat out a 49-46 victory Nov. 23 over Bloom in the Chicago Heights Classic championship game and a 56-53 victory Nov. 30 at Joliet West to open the conference season.
Friday night’s game went a lot easier. H-F (6-0, 2-0) made four of its first five field-goal attempts to grab an 11-2 lead. The Vikings had 12 steals on the night while the Porters (3-4, 2-1) committed 24 turnovers.
Rashaan Surles, Marius Hill and Grant Anderson added eight points each as H-F subbed freely throughout the game in preparation for a 6 p.m. Sunday game against Curie in the Team Rose Foundation Shootout at the new Kroc Center in Chicago.
The Porters opened last week on a big note, upsetting Bolingbrook 43-40 at home Tuesday and were hoping to pull off another surprise Friday.
In their first six games the Porters failed to break the 50-point barrier but never gave up more than 52 points in a game.
No one was in double figures for the Porters on Friday but reserve Jake Pierson gave the visiting fans a thrill when he sank a halfcourt buzzer-beating shot to end the third quarter.
“Quickness and athletic ability will cause turnovers and some bad shots,” Lockport coach Lawrence Thompson said. “Give the credit to H-F. We had to play a half-second quicker than we wanted to play and things just steamrolled. H-F is a very, very, very good basketball team. I feel a little bit better because we were able to handle Bolingbrook’s pressure earlier in the week. But they weren’t as relentless as what we saw (Friday).”