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Plainfield Central did what they do best in a 54-36 victory over host Romeoville, as the Wildcats won the large-school tournament title at Romeoville Friday.
What the Wildcats did was pretty easy to figure out.
“We got the ball inside and we know we had an advantage inside, as we usually do,” Plainfield Central coach Steve Lamberti said. “Once we found that little seam in the middle of (Romeoville’s) 1-3-1 (defense) it was huge. And in the second half, we put the pressure on them defensively and forced them to shoot contested shots.”
Plainfield Central (6-5) took a 24-19 lead at halftime.
Romeoville (3-9) cut into the Wildcats’ lead early in the third quarter and trailed by five, only to have Plainfield Central score seven unanswered points to take a 35-23 lead.
By the end of the third quarter, Plainfield Central had a commanding 40-25 lead, and the Wildcats virtually shut the door on any chance Romeoville may have had to cut into that lead.
“We wanted to make them uncomfortable all night and in the first half I thought we were a little stagnant,” Lamberti said. “We didn’t let the game get too crazy, but in the third quarter we tried to put more pressure on the ball and defended the wings.”
What may have hurt the most for Romeoville was watching Duvaun Goodlow knock down a three-pointer and then make another basket during that 7-0 spurt. Goodlow transferred from Romeoville in the middle of the last school year.
Curtis Harrington led the Wildcats with 13 points and Goodlow scored 10.
“It’s good competition and I wanted to come out and show them that I still got it,” Goodlow said. “I tried to do the best I could. ”
Rashad Steele led Romeoville with 12 points.