Boys Basketball: Lincoln-Way North tops Lincoln-Way West
By Scott Ehling For Sun-Times Media January 12, 2013 12:10AM
Updated: February 14, 2013 6:53AM
Lincoln-Way North’s Denton Wallace hit three three-pointers in a 50-second span late in the second quarter to break open what was a six-point game, fueling the Phoenix to a 71-41 victory over host Lincoln-Way West in SouthWest Suburban Red action Friday night.
Wallace finished with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting (5-of-9 on treys) while teammate Daryle Morgan added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Phoenix (11-7, 3-2).
Hayden Witt led West with 16 points on 5-of-19 shooting and was the only Warrior to score in double figures.
“We really stressed and worked on our fast-break in practice this week,” North coach John Terry said. “We were pushing the ball up, then had Denton running the right side of the floor and hitting shots.”
Wallace’s first trey on the night came with 15 seconds left in the first period, giving North a 12-8 lead after one quarter.
A driving layup by West’s Luke Horvath (8 points) pulled the Warriors to within 21-13 with 2:53 left in the half. West drew to within six points before Wallace’s outburst.
Wallace’s first of three straight three-pointers pushed the lead to 24-15 with 1:20 remaining in the half. Wallace then connected on each of the next two possessions and quickly the lead grew to 30-17 with 30 seconds left before halftime.
“We had been working on the break in practice and I was knocking down the shots,” Wallace said. “I was in a groove once I hit my first.”
Two Witt free throws cut the North lead to 37-26 with 4:45 left in the third but that was as close as West (1-13, 0-4) would get.
Morgan’s strip, steal and dunk made it 58-35 with four minutes left in the game and put the exclamation on the victory.
“Those three threes were the ballgame,” West coach Jon White said. “My kids are getting a taste of varsity basketball, but I was excited in glimpses.”