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Shepard guard Jacob Littleton definitely didn’t look like his team’s leading scorer in the first half of Friday night’s game against Bremen. The junior guard averages 15 points per game, but managed just two points in the first half against Bremen.
The junior guard wasted little time setting things right in the third quarter, scoring seven points in just 32 seconds to spark a huge third quarter as Shepard pulled away for good in a 57-40 win in a South Suburban crossover.
“It was just that our team started to work hard, and we all have faith in each other,” Littleton said. “We kept going at it, and the baskets came one after another.”
Londell Lee (15 points, 4 steals, 3 blocks) and Littleton (12 points) led Shepard (5-3, 2-2) with Jimmy McClinton adding nine points.
At the 5:37 mark in the third, Littleton drove hard to the basket and was fouled, converting the bucket in the process. He corralled the miss of his own free throw and scored again under the basket.
The next time down the court, the junior drilled a 3-pointer from the wing to put the Astros up 27-19.
“The first half was kind of sluggish so we knew we had to get back into it,” Littleton said. “We tried to turn it up.”
Littleton had 10 points in the quarter while Lee added five of his own, including a vicious one-handed dunk. Shepard went up by as many as 22 points in the fourth at 44-23.
Bremen (5-4, 1-3) had its own run in the fourth courtesy of 12 points from Otis Lane but could get no closer than 13 points.
“Our Achilles’ heel has been scoring points,” Bremen coach Brian Flaherty said. “They had that run and punched us in the mouth, and for the first time this season I didn’t see our ability to weather the storm.”
Marcus Geralds added 11 points and eight rebounds for Bremen.