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After Lincoln-Way East lost to Shepard on a buzzer-beating three-pointer Wednesday night, then watched the Astros beat Oak Forest on Thursday to eliminate the Griffins’ chances of winning their third-straight Medieval Classic title, East had to regroup Thursday night to take on Lincoln-Way West.
Bouncing back wasn’t a problem. Isaiah Moss scored 15 points to lead the way and the host Griffins got scoring from 13 different players as they rolled to a 76-37 win over the Warriors on Day 2 of pool play.
“We just wanted to come out and play harder than we did (Wednesday),” Moss said. “(Wednesday), we didn’t play as hard in the second half and it hurt us.”
Moss, coming off the bench was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field, including three treys, and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.
Chris DeRubertis added 13 points and five rebounds and Luke Lizen had 12 points for the Griffins (5-4), who had enough balance to easily overcome the hot shooting of Hayden Witt, who poured in 25 points for West (1-10).
Witt scored West’s first 16 points as the Warriors hung tough early, trailing 21-16 midway through the second quarter. East, though, closed the half on a 14-4 run as it began to get easy buckets in transition.
Moss had five points in the quarter, draining a trey and sinking a pair of free throws.
“I’ve been working a lot on the three-point shot and it helps a lot,” Moss said.
The Griffins used the three-point shot to pull away in the second half. They were 10-of-23 from beyond the arc.
“It was a tough loss (Wednesday)and we made some adjustments in the shoot-around (Thursday),” East coach Rich Kolimas said. “The ball went in and that always helps.”
East increased the lead to 44-24 midway through the third and rolled from there.
Eric Spudic had 10 points for the Griffins. Max Petrungaro scored four for West.
Lincoln-Way Central 68, Oak Lawn 44: Alex Parks (18 points), Andrew Ruswick (13) and Joe Newtoff (12) paced Central (6-6), which improved to 2-0 in pool play, at Lincoln-Way North. Shawn Cannon (16 points) and DeQwon McGowan (11) led Oak Lawn (2-9).