Better late than never. Trailing at home going into the fourth quarter, Lockport coach Lawrence Thompson Jr. was hoping his Porters would show the resiliency he knew they had in them, and they responded. Lockport (9-6, 3-1) quickly erased a two-point deficit and limited the Griffins to just one basket in the final stage.
Lockport junior forward Gehrig Hollatz came off the bench to drain a three-pointer that gave the Porters the lead for good at 36-35 with 2:40 left in the game. It was a double whammy for Lincoln-Way East (4-11, 0-4) as center Keith Gavin fouled out on the play and any size the Griffins had on the court was lost.
Lockport senior forward John Campbell scored a team-high 11 points (5-of-10 shooting) and caused two huge Lincoln-Way East turnovers down the stretch. Campbell’s ability to crash the offensive boards throughout the game was invaluable.
BY THE NUMBERS
Lockport was 15-of-45 from the floor compared to Lincoln-Way East shooting 9-of-25. The 20 extra shots for Lockport was a direct result of its ability to get offensive rebounds over the smaller Griffins team. Lockport sophomore Deiondre Taylor was the only other Porter in double-figures with 10 points. Jake Attar led Lincoln-Way East with nine points.
“I give my kids credit for sticking with it tonight and not giving up even though I know that they were frustrated with Lincoln-Way East’s zone defense,” Thompson said.