Boys Basketball: Lincoln-Way Central defeats Lockport
By Tina Akouris email@example.com February 8, 2013 10:00PM
Updated: March 11, 2013 6:44AM
All it took for Lincoln-Way Central to remove the albatross was a three-pointer from Matt Mikolajczak.
With the seemingly easy shot from the left side of the three-point arc, Mikolajczak was able to erase a to-date winless SouthWest Suburban Blue record for the host Knights on Friday night, who went on to score a come-from-behind 34-30 victory over Lockport.
With Central trailing 30-29, Mikolajczak drained the trey, on an assist from Brad Bass, to give the Knights a 32-30 lead. Alex Parks added some insurance by sinking two free throws with 3.2 seconds to play.
“I was sitting in the corner and I knew the ball was coming and I got my feet set and knocked down the shot,” Mikolajczak said.
Bass led the Knights (9-14, 1-10) with 16 points. Mikolajczak chipped in six points.
Lockport (6-17, 4-7), riding the wave of Tuesday’s 42-41 upset of Bolingbrook, jumped out to a 20-8 lead at halftime. But the Porters came out flat in the second half and were outscored 9-2 in the third quarter. Lockport’s points in that period came on free throws by David Robinson and John Campbell.
“We had a tough first half but we pride ourselves on our defense and it kept us in the game,” Mikolajczak said.
That lull allowed the Knights to reconfigure their offense to get back in the ballgame. Joe Newtoff’s two free throws for Central with about five minutes left brought the Knights to within 24-23.
Lockport pulled ahead by four with under a minute to play, but Bass’ three-pointer with 50 seconds left brought the Knights to within 30-29. That set up Mikolajczak’s heroics.
Grover Anderson and Andrew Gosney had nine points apiece for the Porters.