Boys Basketball: Joliet Central nips Lincoln-Way Central
By Tina Akouris firstname.lastname@example.org December 8, 2012 12:04AM
Lincoln-Way Central's Ronnie Dunlap (35) fouls Joliet Central's Jailen Jones (35) during Friday night's game between Lincoln-Way Central and Joliet Central High Schools. | Paul Bergstrom ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 10, 2013 6:40AM
Joliet Central guard Jonah Coble scored 13 points, including the game-winning free throws, as the Steelmen beat host Lincoln-Way Central 42-40 on Friday night in a SouthWest Suburban Blue contest.
Coble set up his game-winning foul shots with roughly 10 seconds to play, stealing the ball near the midcourt line and driving down the court and through the lane. Coble took a shot, but missed and was fouled. He made both free throws with 8.4 seconds to play.
“I saw where (the Lincoln-Way Central player) was going to make the pass and I saw him make eye contact for the pass, so I just went in and made the steal,” Coble said. “I went for the layup and got fouled.”
A last-ditch three-point shot by Lincoln-Way Central’s Joe Newtoff’s was off target as time expired.
“I saw when the buzzer went off, the ball was still in his hands, so I thought they weren’t going to count it even if it did go in,” Coble said.
Using a sophomore-heavy lineup, Joliet Central (5-3, 2-1) was down 14-5 at the end of the first quarter. The Steelmen managed to regroup and trailed the Knights 24-21 at halftime.
Joliet Central coach Jeff Corcoran had to bring up five sophomores — Ternell Jordan, Othello French, Kenyon Woodfork, Kewon Ware and Jerry Gillespie — because eight players were benched for disciplinary reasons.
Four Joliet Central starters — Coble, Markel Ellis, Jalen Heath and Eddie McElrath — violated a team rule during the week and sat out the first half. Ellis, though, sat out the entire game.
Heath returned first, at the 3:32 mark of the third quarter, followed by Coble with 2:26 remaining in the quarter. McElrath came in to start the fourth.
Lincoln-Way Central (2-5, 0-2) was led by Brad Bass (14 points) and Newtoff (10 points).