Boys Basketball: Plainfield Central wins at Romeoville tourney
By Dick Goss firstname.lastname@example.org December 26, 2012 11:24PM
JCA's Keith Craig (22) runs in for a layup during Wednesday's game between Joliet Catholic Academy and University High School. | Paul Bergstrom ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 28, 2013 3:45PM
Plainfield Central senior guard Curtis Harrington said it is a matter of paying attention and executing.
After a lackluster beginning Wednesday, the Wildcats dictated terms in the second half and scored a 69-64 victory over Glenbard South in the opening round of the large-school division in the Romeoville Christmas Classic.
“We always start slow,” said Central senior guard Curtis Harrington, one of four Wildcats to core in double figures. “We have to pay attention more and execute the game plan from the beginning.
“It would really be good to get a couple more wins here, but we have to play our game all the way through.”
Central (4-5) trailed by as much as 17-10 and was behind 32-29 at half. But the Wildcats went on a 6-0 run to tie Glenbard South (1-9) at 39-39 midway through the third quarter and finally took the lead for good when six straight points by 6-foot-2 freshman forward Justin Windt fueled an 8-0 run for a 52-45 lead early in the fourth quarter.
“Justin has a lot of energy,” Central coach Steve Lamberti said. “He’s like all our guys. He’s learning. It’s fun to work with them. They try hard.”
“Justin is a good extra post option in there,” Harrington said.
Windt finished with 10 points, joining Mitch Young (14), Harrington (13) and center Logan Velazquez (12) in double figures. Duvun Goodlow chipped in with 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Velazquez had all of his points and 8 of his 11 rebounds in the second half, when the Wildcats scored 40 points on 17-of-27 shooting (63 percent).
“Logan is good enough that he helps us whether we are scoring or not,” Lamberti said. “He and Mitch (Young) and Curtis (Harrington) did a good job dictating what we wanted.
“We played their game the first half. In the second half, we got the ball where we wanted it. We did a better job dictating our game to them.”
Lamberti, whose team faces Argo at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, said the tournament “is huge. We need to get a little more consistent to tell us where we’re at. When we’re good, we’re really good. But when we’ve been bad, we’re really bad.”
No. 1 Lemont 75, Fenger 63: Mike Wisz tossed in 26 points for Lemont (10-1) in the small school bracket.
University 54, Joliet Catholic 47: Freshman Jalen Jackson scored 15 points, Ryan Peter 11 and Keith Craig 10 for Joliet Catholic (2-12), which used an 11-0 run to get as close as 45-44 midway through the fourth quarter in the small school bracket.
Romeoville 58, Addison Trail 55: James Boyd contributed 13 points for Romeoville (2-9) in the large school bracket.
Hinsdale South Tournament
No. 5 Minooka 54, Hinsdale South 53: Minooka improved to 8-2 with the first-round victory.
No. 6 Providence 74, Wheaton North 64: Kevin Kozan finished with 28 points and eight assists for Providence (8-4). Miles Boykin added 12 points for the Celtics.
Varna Midland 64, Dwight 56: Blake Huseman netted 23 points for Dwight (3-8).
Lexington 71, Reed-Custer 62: Reed-Custer fell to 2-10.
No. 7 Morris 61, Indian Creek 60: Ben Ortiz’s 3-point play with six seconds left sparked Morris (6-3). Ortiz finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Jason Matteson scored 12.
No. 8 Seneca 47, Plano 38: Conlan Callahan (16 points) and Jimmy David (10) were the primary scorers for Seneca (11-0).
Hinckley-Big Rock 88, No. 10 Wilmington 64: Dan O’Leary had 27 points and five rebounds to lead Wilmington (8-4). Nick Anderson tacked on 23 points and five rebounds for the Wildcats.
Belvidere 71, Coal City 36: Brennen Shetina had seven points to lead Coal City (4-6).
State Farm Classic
Champaign Centennial 62, Plainfield South 22: James Hill scored a team-best eight points for Plainfield South (2-9) in the Class AA bracket at Normal West.
Contributing: Josh Krockey