Boys Basketball: Homewood-Flossmoor trims Joliet West
By Dan Ruane For Sun-Times Media January 25, 2013 11:28PM
Updated: February 28, 2013 7:05AM
Marcus Willis picked a good time to have his best game of the season for Homewood-Flossmoor.
The senior sixth man picked up his team early Friday night and the Vikings went on to pull away from Joliet Central for a 49-34 win.
The host Vikings (13-5, 6-1) gained the overall lead in the SouthWest Suburban Blue race through the first half of the conference schedule.
“I give Marcus a lot of credit,’’ H-F coach Jim McLaughlin said. “He came up with some big baskets when we couldn’t find the basket at all.’’
The Vikings never trailed but the game moved at a snail’s pace as Joliet Central (10-9, 5-2) was content to slow things down. Willis entered the game late in the first quarter and immediately made his presence felt.
The 6-foot-3 senior scored three consecutive baskets to close out the quarter and extend the lead from a one-point game to a 13-5 first-quarter lead. He started the second quarter with a steal that led to Tai Odiase making his way to the free-throw line for a point.
“I felt really good like I could go to the basket whenever I wanted to,’’ Willis said.
Hill injured a ligament in his foot Tuesday against Bloom. He played limited minutes and provided his team with nine points off the bench. Willis led the Vikings with 11 points.
“It’s nice to win the first half of the conference,’’ McLaughlin said. “This is a tough conference; who knows what teams will do against us in the second half.’’
“We wanted to make it a halfcourt game,’’ Central coach Jeff Corcoran said. “With their length and depth we wanted to slow them down.’’
Jalen Heath led the Steelmen with 17 points.