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Joliet West senior guard Carl Terrell sparked a 16-4 scoring run in the third quarter as the Tigers beat host Lincoln-Way East 62-56 Friday in Southwest Suburban Blue action.
The Tigers (5-2, 1-1) turned a 26-23 lead with 7:00 to play in the third period into a 42-27 lead with 2:41 left.
The Griffins battled to within five points of West at 58-53 with 52 second left in the game but were unable to get any closer.
“We turned it up defensively,” said Terrell, who scored 10 of his 16 points during the third quarter run. “They (my teammates) got me a couple of easy buckets, and I found my rhythm. I tried to get to the rim first and then start working my way out.”
Joliet West’s Brandon McCullum added 16 points and Morris Dunnigan scored 11.
“The run was all about pressure on the ball, our rotations and our rebounding,” West Coach Luke Yaklich said. “Our half-court defense is very strong. It was all about Joliet West playing hard for eight minutes. That made the difference in the game.”
Eric Spudic scored a game-high 19 points for Lincoln-Way East (4-2, 0-2).
“I thought they did a great job (during the run) of taking Eric out of the game,” Griffins’ Coach Rich Kolimas said. “They denied him the ball. They did a great job of putting pressure on us. They sped us up.
“My expectations for Eric are so high. He is the key for us. Even with all the pressure on him, he was still able to knock down shots and make good decisions for us,” Kolimas said.